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Eagles WR DeSean Jackson Participates In A Take A Player To School Visit

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson picked up 7th grade student Jason B. in a limo from his house and took him to E.T. Richardson School in Springfield, PA. Upon arrival, they both visited the Principal’s office, then DeSean spoke to students in a school assembly about the importance of good health. During the visit, Jackson led kids in an NFL Ultimate Physical Education Class, as part of NFL’s PLAY 60 campaign, helping youth get 60 minutes of exercise a day thro
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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson picked up 7th grade student Jason B. in a limo from his house and took him to E.T. Richardson School in Springfield, PA. Upon arrival, they both visited the Principal’s office, then DeSean spoke to students in a school assembly about the importance of good health. During the visit, Jackson led kids in an NFL Ultimate Physical Education Class, as part of NFL’s PLAY 60 campaign, helping youth get 60 minutes of exercise a day through various fitness activities.

 

Additionally, the NFL and JCPenney this year have donated funds to support schools in each of these communities, giving children the chance to benefit from programs that encourage the development of healthy lifestyles, improved social skills and enhanced academic performance. Each school also received an equipment donation from Wilson, the official football of the NFL.


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Javier Takes Jerricho Cotchery to School

Last Wednesday, New York Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery visited Javier B. as part of his NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes prize. Jerricho and Javier, a 4th grader at Susan E. Wiley Elementary, rode to school in style in a limo. Next Jerricho visited the Principal’s office and spoke to students in a school assembly about the importance of good health.   Click here to see more photos!
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Last Wednesday, New York Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery visited Javier B. as part of his NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes prize. Jerricho and Javier, a 4th grader at Susan E. Wiley Elementary, rode to school in style in a limo. Next Jerricho visited the Principal’s office and spoke to students in a school assembly about the importance of good health.

 

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Justin Takes Ty Warren to School

Patriots defensive lineman Ty Warren joined Justin, a seventh grader at Whitman Middle School, in class. Ty talked to all the students about how important daily exercise is in keeping your body healthy. It was a day to remember for Justin and Ty.
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Patriots defensive lineman Ty Warren joined Justin, a seventh grader at Whitman Middle School, in class. Ty talked to all the students about how important daily exercise is in keeping your body healthy. It was a day to remember for Justin and Ty.

Tommy takes WR Dwayne Bowe to School

When Dwayne Bowe first arrived in my driveway I was so excited! He came in and talked to me and signed a few things. Later he took me to school in his limo. When we arrived at school, there was a guy filming us the whole way. Then we went to an assembly where Dwayne Bowe and I stood on the stage while he talked to the school about getting 60 minutes of activity everyday. After that we did a P.E. class that I created. Then, reporters asked us questions about the day, NFL PLAY 60 and about
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When Dwayne Bowe first arrived in my driveway I was so excited! He came in and talked to me and signed a few things. Later he took me to school in his limo. When we arrived at school, there was a guy filming us the whole way. Then we went to an assembly where Dwayne Bowe and I stood on the stage while he talked to the school about getting 60 minutes of activity everyday. After that we did a P.E. class that I created. Then, reporters asked us questions about the day, NFL PLAY 60 and about Dwayne. It was a great day and a very memorable experience!

Two More winners get their prizes and take a player to school

Cruz, an eighth-grader at Hilltop Middle School, took San Diego Chargers TE Antonio gates to school. They had a blast from the time Antonio picked up Cruz from his house in a limo to the last question and answer session on the ride home. Jacob, a second-grader at Gateway Point Elementary, got the thrill of a lifetime when he got to take Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald to school. Larry talked to kids about working out and staying fit and even played games outside with Jacob and his
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Cruz, an eighth-grader at Hilltop Middle School, took San Diego Chargers TE Antonio gates to school. They had a blast from the time Antonio picked up Cruz from his house in a limo to the last question and answer session on the ride home.

Jacob, a second-grader at Gateway Point Elementary, got the thrill of a lifetime when he got to take Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald to school. Larry talked to kids about working out and staying fit and even played games outside with Jacob and his classmates.

11 More Winners Take a Player to School

12 winners of the Take a Player to School Sweepstakes got their prizes this week in the form of NFL player visits! It was an exciting time for both the winners and the players. Here's a look at each of the visits: Matt Hasselbeck - Seahawks Andy, a sixth-grader at Issaquah Middle School, brought in Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck for show and tell. Andy and Matt had a blast spending the day together! Jason Witten - Cowboys Shane, a Fifth grade student at Bennett Elementary School, had an ext

12 winners of the Take a Player to School Sweepstakes got their prizes this week in the form of NFL player visits! It was an exciting time for both the winners and the players. Here's a look at each of the visits:

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Matt Hasselbeck - Seahawks
Andy, a sixth-grader at Issaquah Middle School, brought in Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck for show and tell. Andy and Matt had a blast spending the day together!

Jason Witten - Cowboys
Shane, a Fifth grade student at Bennett Elementary School, had an extraordinary day when Cowboys TE Jason Witten accompanied him to school. Jason answered questions from Shane and his classmates and gave some good advice about getting exercise every day.

Todd Heap - Ravens
Zachary, a third grader at Piney Ridge Elementary School, was thrilled to take Ravens TE Todd Heap to school. Todd talked about getting excited for physical education and gave students a few tips on working out.

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Hines Ward - Steelers
Drew, a third-grader at Stewart Elementary school, took Steelers WR Hines Ward to his school. Hines brought excitement and also a message to get outside and get physical by playing 60!

Eddie Royal - Broncos
Nicole, a fourth grader at Fairmount ElementarySchool, got a ride to school in a limo with Broncos WR Brandon Marshall. Brandon showed Gabby and her classmates a great fitness routine so they could start to Play 60 everyday!

AJ Hawk- Packers
Sam, a third-grader at McKinley Elementary School, had quite a day as he got to hang out with Packers LB A.J. Hawk. A.J. spread the word on health to Sam and all his classmates!

Drew Brees- Saints
Brent, a third-grader at Terrytown Academy, and Saints QB Drew Brees went to school together and had a blast. Drew told Brent and her classmates how they could get active and Play 60!

Nick Mangold- Jets
Donovan, a first-grader at Veterans Memorial Elementary School, had a special day at school when Jets DE Nick Mangold went with him. Nick taught the students about teamwork and having fun while achieving a goal.

 

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Vernon Davis- 49ers
Omar, a second-grader at Fairwood Elementary School, got the thrill of a lifetime when 49ers TE Vernon Davis spent the day with him at school. Vernon let Omar and his classmates in on his secret to success: positive attitude.

Bob Sanders - Colts
Jaedon, a second-grade student at Brook Park Elementary School, had fun with Colts SS Bob Sanders on his day with the superstar. Bob excited the whole student body while delivering the message to get out and Play 60!

Steven Jackson- Rams
Andrew, a fifth grader student at Barrington Elementary, took Rams RB Steven Jackson to school. Steven joked around with Andrew and his classmates and gave a little insight into his life as an NFL superstar.

The Day I took a Seahawk to School By: Andy C.

On December 2nd, I met the starting QB for the Seattle Seahawks, Matt Hasselbeck! It was awesome! He came to my house in a huge limousine. There was a knock on the front door and I answered it, Matt Hasselbeck was standing there with a big smile. I stared at him with awe. I invited Matt into my house along with a lot of photographers and reporters. Matt is really tall and his head almost touched our ceiling. He let me wear his NFC Championship ring. It was so heavy and shiny. I kept it o

On December 2nd, I met the starting QB for the Seattle Seahawks, Matt Hasselbeck! It was awesome! He came to my house in a huge limousine. There was a knock on the front door and I answered it, Matt Hasselbeck was standing there with a big smile. I stared at him with awe.

I invited Matt into my house along with a lot of photographers and reporters. Matt is really tall and his head almost touched our ceiling. He let me wear his NFC Championship ring. It was so heavy and shiny. I kept it on all morning.

We had some breakfast, took some photos and then I gave him a tour of my house. I showed him my room and he saw a picture of my brother, sister and I riding on an elephant in Thailand. I don't know why, but he just couldn't believe that I was on an elephant. We then played Madden '09 on Wii. I beat him. Then we left for school in the limo.

It was the first time that I ever rode in a limo...a super stretch limo! When we got to school all the students and teachers were cheering. Matt gave some autographs and then we went to the gym.

In the gym people were also cheering and there was a giant balloon arch, a balloon Matt Hasselbeck figure and a balloon field goal! Our principal Mrs. DeRosa welcomed everyone and then a man from JC Penney talked about NFL Play 60 program and introduced me. I said; "Hey Guys, I would like you to meet my new friend, Matt Hasselbeck!" Everyone cheered as he ran in! He took some students questions and talked about the NFL Play 60 program and staying healthy. He said that his best NFL moment was earning the NFC Championship ring and his worst moment was celebrating a touchdown pass when he went to dive on the pile of teammates and the whole pile moved and he did a belly flop on the ground! Matt is really awesome and funny.

Then just my class had PE with Matt playing activities and trying different stations including catching & throwing footballs, an obstacle course, stretching with elastic bands, and races. We were tired after PE class!

Before Matt left, I gave him four hugs! He also told me his favorite play...it was very confusing. Matt taught me to never give up and always reach for your goals! Spending time with Matt was so exciting. I will never, ever forget this incredible day. I plan to enter again next year and maybe I'll win!

Our Winners Take a Player To School

Browns – Jason Wright Dominick G. was the most popular sixth-grader at Garfield Heights Middle School when Browns RB Jason Wright came to school with him. Jason spent the day with Dominick and talked to his classmates about what they can do to stay healthy and fit. Bengals – Ryan Fitzpatrick Charlie P., a 1st grade student at Elda Elementary, was very excited to go to school when he learned Bengals QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was coming with him. Ryan and Charlie had a great time rid
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Browns – Jason Wright

Dominick G. was the most popular sixth-grader at Garfield Heights Middle School when Browns RB Jason Wright came to school with him. Jason spent the day with Dominick and talked to his classmates about what they can do to stay healthy and fit.

Bengals – Ryan Fitzpatrick

Charlie P., a 1st grade student at Elda Elementary, was very excited to go to school when he learned Bengals QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was coming with him. Ryan and Charlie had a great time riding in a limo and spending the day together. Ryan also talked to Charlie and all his classmates about how they can get out and Play 60 everyday.

 

 

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Lions – Dan Orlovsky

Sydney N., a second-grader at Notre Dame Marist Academy, was the coolest kid in school when Lions QB Dan Orlovsky came to visit her. Dan and Sydney had a counting contest in Spanish that Sydney easily won but the real fun was spending the day at school. Dan Talked to students about staying fit and playing 60.

Titans – Jevon Kearse

Connor T., an Oak View Elementary School first-grader, got a thrill at school when Titans DE Jevon Kearse joined him. Jevon and Connor hung all day in class. Jevon showed Connor and his classmates how they can Play 60 and stay healthy.

 

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Players Get Out and Visit Schools

Winners of the Take a Player to School Sweepstakes got their prizes in the form of NFL player visits! It was an exciting time for both the winners and the players. Here's a look at each of the visits: Amani Toomer - Giants Chase T., a sixth grader from New Jersy, brought in Giants WR Amani Toomer for show and tell. Chase and Amani had a blast spending the day together! Jason Campbell - Redskins Taylor D., a  student at P.B. Smith Elementary School, had an extraordinary day when Reds

Winners of the Take a Player to School Sweepstakes got their prizes in the form of NFL player visits! It was an exciting time for both the winners and the players. Here's a look at each of the visits:

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Amani Toomer - Giants
Chase T., a sixth grader from New Jersy, brought in Giants WR Amani Toomer for show and tell. Chase and Amani had a blast spending the day together!

Jason Campbell - Redskins
Taylor D., a  student at P.B. Smith Elementary School, had an extraordinary day when Redskins QB Jason Campbell accompanied her to school. Jason answered questions from Taylor and her classmates and gave some good advice about getting exercise everyday.

 

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Kirk Morrison - Raiders
Mason F., a third grader, got a ride to school in a limo with Raiders LB Kirk Morrison. Kirk showed Mason and his classmates how to stay fit  so they could start to Play 60 everyday!

 Donte Whitner - Bills
Adam W., a freshman at Niagara Catholic, got the thrill of a lifetime when Bills SS Donte Whitner spent the day with him at school. Adam had broken his foot but Donte definitely brightened his day.

 

Maurice Jones-Drew - Jaguars
Justin C., a student at Hyde Park Elementary, had a big day at school when Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew came to visit.  Maurice talked about studying and keeping your mind and body strong.

Warrick Dunn and Derrick Brooks - Buccaneers

Timothy W., a student at West Shore Elementary School, hung out with Buccaneers LB Derrick Brooks and RB Warrick Dunn on his day with two superstars. Derrick and Warrick excited the whole student body while delivering the message to get out and Play 60!

Steve Smith - Panthers
Brooke C., a first grader at New Hope Elementary, took Panthers WR Steve Smith to school with her. Steve encouraged all the students to play outside and get 60 minutes of exercise every day.

Jason Elam Goes Back to School

Gunnar S., a second-grader at Head Elementary, had a great day at school when Atlanta Falcons kicker Jason Elam came to visit. Gunnar was one of 34 winners of the NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes. Jason picked up Gunnar from his home and took himto school in a limo. At school, Jason and Gunnar went to an assembly and then to Physical Education class together. Jason talked about the importance of playing 60 minutes every day and even got to play with Gunnar and his classmates in fi
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Gunnar S., a second-grader at Head Elementary, had a great day at school when Atlanta Falcons kicker Jason Elam came to visit. Gunnar was one of 34 winners of the NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes. Jason picked up Gunnar from his home and took himto school in a limo. At school, Jason and Gunnar went to an assembly and then to Physical Education class together. Jason talked about the importance of playing 60 minutes every day and even got to play with Gunnar and his classmates in fitness activities.

Roberto Garza Goes Back To School

 Patrick H. was very excited when Roberto Garza came to his house for a visit as part of the Take a Player to School sweepstakes. Roberto took Patrick to school and talked to his classmates about the importance of health and fitness. Roberto then took all the kids to the gym to show them first hand how to Play 60!  
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Patrick H. was very excited when Roberto Garza came to his house for a visit as part of the Take a Player to School sweepstakes. Roberto took Patrick to school and talked to his classmates about the importance of health and fitness. Roberto then took all the kids to the gym to show them first hand how to Play 60!

 

NFL SUPERSTARS IN THE CLASSROOM

  Two more NFL superstars went back to school for their Take a Player to School visits. They had lots of fun with the students and came out of it with some new friends. Here's what happened: Jonathan Vilma - New York Jets Toriann M., a 6th grader at Polk Street School, was thrilled to take Jonathan Vilma to school. Jonathan answered students' question about his life as an NFL player and talked about how to stay fit and have success in school. Will Allen - Miami Dolphins Keith V., a 5th grad

 

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Two more NFL superstars went back to school for their Take a Player to School visits. They had lots of fun with the students and came out of it with some new friends. Here's what happened:

Jonathan Vilma - New York Jets
Toriann M., a 6th grader at Polk Street School, was thrilled to take Jonathan Vilma to school. Jonathan answered students' question about his life as an NFL player and talked about how to stay fit and have success in school.

Will Allen - Miami Dolphins
Keith V., a 5th grader at Kendale Lakes Elementary, took Will Allen to his school! Will sat in class with Keith and even took a test with the class. Will also talked to the students about the importance of education and how they can Play 60 everyday.

ANTWAAN RANDLE EL BACK IN CLASS

 Austin J., a 7th grade student at Smart's Mill Middle School, was visited by Redskins WR Antwaan Randle El. Antwaan went to Austin's home where he played some football with the family and took Austin to school. He talked to students about getting out and playing 60 minutes a day, showed them how to run wide receiver routes and talked to them about the importance of doing well in school. What a great day!      
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Austin J., a 7th grade student at Smart's Mill Middle School, was visited by Redskins WR Antwaan Randle El. Antwaan went to Austin's home where he played some football with the family and took Austin to school. He talked to students about getting out and playing 60 minutes a day, showed them how to run wide receiver routes and talked to them about the importance of doing well in school. What a great day!

 

 

 

TAKE A PLAYER TO SCHOOL ROUNDUP

 The wait was over for 8 more winners of the 2007 NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes.This week, NFL superstars went back to school to hang out with our winners and to give students some good advice. Steven Jackson RB #39 - St. Louis RamsBen, a 2nd grader at Westchester Elementary, loved every minute of his school day with Steven Jackson. Steven talked to Ben and his classmates about staying fit and getting good grades.Vince Young QB #10 - Tennessee TitansMarc, a 7th grade student at Stewart
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The wait was over for 8 more winners of the 2007 NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes.
This week, NFL superstars went back to school to hang out with our winners and to give students some good advice.

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Steven Jackson RB #39 - St. Louis Rams
Ben, a 2nd grader at Westchester Elementary, loved every minute of his school day with Steven Jackson. Steven talked to Ben and his classmates about staying fit and getting good grades.

Vince Young QB #10 - Tennessee Titans
Marc, a 7th grade student at Stewarts Creek Middle School, had a great day in class when Vince Young joined him. Vince talked to Marc and his classmates about being fit and also about solving differences.

Matt Hasselbeck QB # 8 - Seattle Seahawks
Jacob, a 2nd grader at Zion Lutheran School, was very excited when Matt Hasselbeck showed up at his door to take him to school. At school, Matt answered tons of questions from students and then threw passes to Jacob and his classmates.

Bob Sanders Safety #21 - Indianapolis Colts
Jack, a 5th grader at Brown Elementary School, couldn’t wait when he found out Bob Sanders was coming with him to school. When the day came, Bob gave Jack and his classmates some tips on how they can Play 60.

Jason Witten TE #82 - Dallas Cowboys
Adam, a 3rd grader at Rainwater Elementary and his new friend, Jason Witten, had one fun day at school. Jason sat in math class with Adam and later told students to Play 60 everyday.

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Mario Williams DE # 90 - Houston Texans
Jake, a 1st grade student at S.F. Austin Elementary, was thrilled to take Mario Williams to school with him. Mario read a story to the class and talked about staying fit and active.

John Lynch Safety # 42 - Denver Broncos
Jorge, a 4th grader at Centennial Elementary, took John Lynch to school with him. John talked to Jorge about staying active and Playing 60 every day.

Tarvaris Jackson QB # 7 - Minnesota Vikings
Joey, a 2nd grader at Greenleaf Elementary took Tarvaris Jackson to school with him. Tarvaris and Joey had tons of fun and Tarvaris also took time out to tell students to work hard in school, like he did when he was younger.

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TAKE A PLAYER TO SCHOOL ROUND UP

 Two more NFL players made a trip back to school this week. They had tons of fun and so did all the students. Here’s what happened: Al Harris CB #31 - Green Bay Packers Jarrett, a 3rd grader at Lincoln Elementary, was very excited to take CB Al Harris to school with him. Al sat in class and learned about the solar system with Jarrett and later talked to students. Al’s goal was to get the message out to Play 60 everyday to stay healthy. Matt Leinart QB #7 - Arizona Cardinals Kyle, a 7
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Two more NFL players made a trip back to school this week. They had tons of fun and so did all the students. Here’s what happened:

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Al Harris CB #31 - Green Bay Packers
Jarrett, a 3rd grader at Lincoln Elementary, was very excited to take CB Al Harris to school with him. Al sat in class and learned about the solar system with Jarrett and later talked to students. Al’s goal was to get the message out to Play 60 everyday to stay healthy.

Matt Leinart QB #7 - Arizona Cardinals
Kyle, a 7th grader at Sweetwater Elementary School, went crazy went he learned that Matt Leinart was coming to school with him. Matt answered questions from Kyle and his classmates and even threw some passes to them. Matt was excited to meet his fans and deliver a message to respect others and get involved in school.

TAKE A PLAYER TO SCHOOL VISITS

Click here for more NFL Take a Player to School visits 16 winners of the Take a Player to School Sweepstakes got their prizes this week in the form of NFL player visits! It was an exciting time for both the winners and the players. Here's a look at each of the visits: Jon Kitna and Nicholas Michael Strahan - Giants Michael, an eighth grader at Saint Agnes School, brought in Giants DE Michael Strahan for show and tell. The two Michaels had a blast spending the day together! Dhani Jones - Bengals

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16 winners of the Take a Player to School Sweepstakes got their prizes this week in the form of NFL player visits! It was an exciting time for both the winners and the players. Here's a look at each of the visits:

Jon Kitna
Jon Kitna and Nicholas

Michael Strahan - Giants
Michael, an eighth grader at Saint Agnes School, brought in Giants DE Michael Strahan for show and tell. The two Michaels had a blast spending the day together!

Dhani Jones - Bengals
Ian, a fourth grade student at Kenton Elementary School, had an extraordinary day when Bengals LB Dhani Jones accompanied him to school. Dhani answered questions from Ian and his classmates and gave some good advice about getting exercise everyday.

Hines Ward - Steelers
Drew, a third grader at Apollo-Ridge Elementary School, was thrilled to take Steelers WR Hines Ward to school. Hines talked about getting excited for physical education and even gave students a few tips on dancing in the end zone.

Brian Moorman - Bills
Bethany, a fifth grader at St. Peter & Paul school, took Bills punter Brian Moorman to her school. Brian brought excitement and also a message to get outside and get physical by playing 60!

Willie McGinest
Willie McGinest and Destinie

Donovan McNabb - Eagles
Gabby, a fourth grader at Glendora Elementary School, got a ride to school in a limo with Eagles QB Donovan McNabb. Donovan showed Gabby and her classmates a great fitness routine so they could start to Play 60 everyday!

Jon Kitna - Lions
Nicholas, a third grader from Oakland Christian School, had quite a day as he got to hang out with Lions QB Jon Kitna. Jon spread the word on health and even tossed a pass to Nicholas who made the reception!

Willie McGinest - Browns
Destinie, a sixth grader at Metro Catholic School, and Browns LB Willie McGinest went to school together and had a blast. Willie told Destinie and her classmates how they could get active and Play 60!

Todd Heap - Ravens
Vincent, a seventh grader at Aberdeen Middle School, had a special day at school when Ravens TE Todd Heap went with him. Todd taught the students about teamwork and having fun while achieving a goal.

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Brian Moorman and Bethany

Scott Fujita - Saints
Brannon, a fourth grader at Belle Chase Academy, got the thrill of a lifetime when Saints LB Scott Fujita spent the day with him at school. Scott let Brannon and his classmates in on his secret to success: positive attitude.

Derrick Brooks - Buccaneers
Anabelle, a second grade student at Mittye P. Locke Elementary School, danced with Buccaneers LB Derrick Brooks on her day with the superstar. Derrick excited the whole student body while delivering the message to get out and Play 60!

Steve Smith - Panthers
Taylor, a sixth grade student at West Lincoln Middle School, took Panthers WR Steve Smith to school. Steve joked around with Taylor and her classmates and gave a little insight into his life as an NFL superstar.

Roberto Garza - Bears
Mackenzie, an eighth grade student at St. Luke School, got to take Bears guard Roberto Garza, to school. Roberto encouraged the students of Mackenzie's school to get out and Play 60 everyday.

Hines Ward
Hines Ward and Drew

Richard Seymour - Patriots
Tabitha, a fourth grader at East Elementary School, brought Patriots DE Richard Seymour to her school. Richard let kids know that schoolwork comes first, but football comes right after that!

Tony Gonzalez - Chiefs
Michael, a first grader at Glendale Elementary, took Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez to school with him. Tony encouraged all the students to join after school programs so that they could Play 60 with their friends.

Fred Taylor - Jaguars
Jasmine, a first grade student at Hickory Creek Elementary, took Jaguars RB Fred Taylor to her school. Fred played with Jasmine and all her classmates and showed everyone how he Plays 60.

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ANTONIO GATES GOES BACK TO SCHOOL

 On Tuesday, one boy in San Diego became a big deal when he took Chargers TE Antonio Gates to school. Kody, a 9-year old from Escondido, CA, is a 2nd grader at Miller Elementary School that was one of the 34 lucky winners of the NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes. What a prize! Antonio picked up Kody at home and took him to school in a limo, while excited students cheered. He signed autographs and met with all of Kody's classmates and even participated with Kody in a spelling test. Kody was
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On Tuesday, one boy in San Diego became a big deal when he took Chargers TE Antonio Gates to school. Kody, a 9-year old from Escondido, CA, is a 2nd grader at Miller Elementary School that was one of the 34 lucky winners of the NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes. What a prize! Antonio picked up Kody at home and took him to school in a limo, while excited students cheered. He signed autographs and met with all of Kody's classmates and even participated with Kody in a spelling test. Kody was definitely the most popular student at school on Tuesday.

Antonio didn't just go to school to watch, he also was in the classroom helping the teacher and even sat next to Kody in class! Antonio also gave the students a head start on their PLAY 60 for the day by showing them cool exercise tips.

At the assembly, the students were given the chance to ask Antonio questions: "What do you do after you play football?" asked a student. Antonio replied that he goes home, eats and gets plenty of rest. It was an unforgettable day for everyone. I think Kody said it best when we asked him what he thought about his day at school and he told us with an enormous smile, "Fun."

It's not all fun and games when NFL pros go back to school. Antonio's season of hitting other players too hard, humiliating opponents and not sharing the ball was finally noted on this discipline slip.

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For more info on Antonio, check out his PLAY 60 blog or enter our other cool contest, the NFL PLAY 60 Sweepstakes.

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NFL TAKE A PLAYER TO SCHOOL VISITS OCTOBER 30,2007

 Click here for more NFL Take a Player to School visits On October 30th, NFL stars Alex Smith, Warrick Dunn and Warren Sapp went back to school. Mary H., Jordan M. and Michaela H., are just three of the lucky 34 winners of the NFL's Take a Player to School sweepstakes! In Atlanta, Falcons running back Warrick Dunn and Mary, a 7th grader, rolled up in a limo to spend the day at her school -- Vickery Creek Middle School! Meanwhile, in San Jose, CA, Jordan showed 49ers QB Alex Smith around Booksin
Warrick Dunn and Mary

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On October 30th, NFL stars Alex Smith, Warrick Dunn and Warren Sapp went back to school. Mary H., Jordan M. and Michaela H., are just three of the lucky 34 winners of the NFL's Take a Player to School sweepstakes!

In Atlanta, Falcons running back Warrick Dunn and Mary, a 7th grader, rolled up in a limo to spend the day at her school -- Vickery Creek Middle School! Meanwhile, in San Jose, CA, Jordan showed 49ers QB Alex Smith around Booksin Elementary School! In San Carlos, CA, Michaela and Raiders defensive lineman Warren Sapp strolled around her school -- Heather Elementary School.

Warrick participated in a pep rally, exercised with some students and encouraged kids to study, practice, PLAY 60 and... to listen to Mom! "My Mom always stressed academics and really trying to do more than just being average," Warrick said.

Warren Sapp

Alex joined Jordan's class, did some multiplication and read a poem! "Don't let anyone tell you what you can or can't be," said Alex. "You guys can do anything." Alex also answered some questions, including; what would you do if you weren't a football player? Alex said, "I think I'd be teaching."

Warren visited Michaela's class and then told everyone at a school assembly to stay physically active, get 60 minutes of exercise a day and to remember that, "Education is the foundation of anything you're going to do in life." Later, Warren signed autographs and threw passes to Michaela's class! Michaela couldn't stop smiling as she summed up the visits for everyone -- "It was amazing."

Stay tuned for more Take a Player to School coverage.

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AL HARRIS AND MATT LEINART IN THE CLASSROOM

 Two more NFL players made a trip back to school this week. They had tons of fun and so did all the students. Here’s what happened: Al Harris CB #31 - Green Bay Packers Jarrett, a 3rd grader at Lincoln Elementary, was very excited to take CB Al Harris to school with him. Al sat in class and learned about the solar system with Jarrett and later talked to students. Al’s goal was to get the message out to Play 60 everyday to stay healthy. Matt Leinart QB #7 - Arizona Cardinals Kyle, a 7
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Two more NFL players made a trip back to school this week. They had tons of fun and so did all the students. Here’s what happened:

Al Harris

Al Harris CB #31 - Green Bay Packers
Jarrett, a 3rd grader at Lincoln Elementary, was very excited to take CB Al Harris to school with him. Al sat in class and learned about the solar system with Jarrett and later talked to students. Al’s goal was to get the message out to Play 60 everyday to stay healthy.

Matt Leinart QB #7 - Arizona Cardinals
Kyle, a 7th grader at Sweetwater Elementary School, went crazy went he learned that Matt Leinart was coming to school with him. Matt answered questions from Kyle and his classmates and even threw some passes to them. Matt was excited to meet his fans and deliver a message to respect others and get involved in school.

MORE NFL PLAYERS WENT BACK TO SCHOOL ON DEC. 4TH

 The wait was over for 8 more winners of the 2007 NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes.This week, NFL superstars went back to school to hang out with our winners and to give students some good advice. Steven Jackson RB #39 - St. Louis RamsBen, a 2nd grader at Westchester Elementary, loved every minute of his school day with Steven Jackson. Steven talked to Ben and his classmates about staying fit and getting good grades.Vince Young QB #10 - Tennessee TitansMarc, a 7th grade student at Stewart
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The wait was over for 8 more winners of the 2007 NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes.
This week, NFL superstars went back to school to hang out with our winners and to give students some good advice.

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Steven Jackson RB #39 - St. Louis Rams
Ben, a 2nd grader at Westchester Elementary, loved every minute of his school day with Steven Jackson. Steven talked to Ben and his classmates about staying fit and getting good grades.

Vince Young QB #10 - Tennessee Titans
Marc, a 7th grade student at Stewarts Creek Middle School, had a great day in class when Vince Young joined him. Vince talked to Marc and his classmates about being fit and also about solving differences.

Matt Hasselbeck QB # 8 - Seattle Seahawks
Jacob, a 2nd grader at Zion Lutheran School, was very excited when Matt Hasselbeck showed up at his door to take him to school. At school, Matt answered tons of questions from students and then threw passes to Jacob and his classmates.

Bob Sanders Safety #21 - Indianapolis Colts
Jack, a 5th grader at Brown Elementary School, couldn’t wait when he found out Bob Sanders was coming with him to school. When the day came, Bob gave Jack and his classmates some tips on how they can Play 60.

Jason Witten TE #82 - Dallas Cowboys
Adam, a 3rd grader at Rainwater Elementary and his new friend, Jason Witten, had one fun day at school. Jason sat in math class with Adam and later told students to Play 60 everyday.

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Mario Williams DE # 90 - Houston Texans
Jake, a 1st grade student at S.F. Austin Elementary, was thrilled to take Mario Williams to school with him. Mario read a story to the class and talked about staying fit and active.

John Lynch Safety # 42 - Denver Broncos
Jorge, a 4th grader at Centennial Elementary, took John Lynch to school with him. John talked to Jorge about staying active and Playing 60 every day.

Tarvaris Jackson QB # 7 - Minnesota Vikings
Joey, a 2nd grader at Greenleaf Elementary took Tarvaris Jackson to school with him. Tarvaris and Joey had tons of fun and Tarvaris also took time out to tell students to work hard in school, like he did when he was younger.

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TAKE A PLAYER TO SCHOOL VISITS

Take a Player to School Visits Click here for more NFL Take a Player to School visits 16 winners of the Take a Player to School Sweepstakes got their prizes this week in the form of NFL player visits! It was an exciting time for both the winners and the players. Here's a look at each of the visits: Jon Kitna and Nicholas Michael Strahan - Giants Michael, an eighth grader at Saint Agnes School, brought in Giants DE Michael Strahan for show and tell. The two Michaels had a blast spending the day t

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16 winners of the Take a Player to School Sweepstakes got their prizes this week in the form of NFL player visits! It was an exciting time for both the winners and the players. Here's a look at each of the visits:

Jon Kitna
Jon Kitna and Nicholas

Michael Strahan - Giants
Michael, an eighth grader at Saint Agnes School, brought in Giants DE Michael Strahan for show and tell. The two Michaels had a blast spending the day together!

Dhani Jones - Bengals
Ian, a fourth grade student at Kenton Elementary School, had an extraordinary day when Bengals LB Dhani Jones accompanied him to school. Dhani answered questions from Ian and his classmates and gave some good advice about getting exercise everyday.

Hines Ward - Steelers
Drew, a third grader at Apollo-Ridge Elementary School, was thrilled to take Steelers WR Hines Ward to school. Hines talked about getting excited for physical education and even gave students a few tips on dancing in the end zone.

Brian Moorman - Bills
Bethany, a fifth grader at St. Peter & Paul school, took Bills punter Brian Moorman to her school. Brian brought excitement and also a message to get outside and get physical by playing 60!

Willie McGinest
Willie McGinest and Destinie

Donovan McNabb - Eagles
Gabby, a fourth grader at Glendora Elementary School, got a ride to school in a limo with Eagles QB Donovan McNabb. Donovan showed Gabby and her classmates a great fitness routine so they could start to Play 60 everyday!

Jon Kitna - Lions
Nicholas, a third grader from Oakland Christian School, had quite a day as he got to hang out with Lions QB Jon Kitna. Jon spread the word on health and even tossed a pass to Nicholas who made the reception!

Willie McGinest - Browns
Destinie, a sixth grader at Metro Catholic School, and Browns LB Willie McGinest went to school together and had a blast. Willie told Destinie and her classmates how they could get active and Play 60!

Todd Heap - Ravens
Vincent, a seventh grader at Aberdeen Middle School, had a special day at school when Ravens TE Todd Heap went with him. Todd taught the students about teamwork and having fun while achieving a goal.

Brian Moorman
Brian Moorman and Bethany

Scott Fujita - Saints
Brannon, a fourth grader at Belle Chase Academy, got the thrill of a lifetime when Saints LB Scott Fujita spent the day with him at school. Scott let Brannon and his classmates in on his secret to success: positive attitude.

Derrick Brooks - Buccaneers
Anabelle, a second grade student at Mittye P. Locke Elementary School, danced with Buccaneers LB Derrick Brooks on her day with the superstar. Derrick excited the whole student body while delivering the message to get out and Play 60!

Steve Smith - Panthers
Taylor, a sixth grade student at West Lincoln Middle School, took Panthers WR Steve Smith to school. Steve joked around with Taylor and her classmates and gave a little insight into his life as an NFL superstar.

Roberto Garza - Bears
Mackenzie, an eighth grade student at St. Luke School, got to take Bears guard Roberto Garza, to school. Roberto encouraged the students of Mackenzie's school to get out and Play 60 everyday.

Hines Ward
Hines Ward and Drew

Richard Seymour - Patriots
Tabitha, a fourth grader at East Elementary School, brought Patriots DE Richard Seymour to her school. Richard let kids know that schoolwork comes first, but football comes right after that!

Tony Gonzalez - Chiefs
Michael, a first grader at Glendale Elementary, took Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez to school with him. Tony encouraged all the students to join after school programs so that they could Play 60 with their friends.

Fred Taylor - Jaguars
Jasmine, a first grade student at Hickory Creek Elementary, took Jaguars RB Fred Taylor to her school. Fred played with Jasmine and all her classmates and showed everyone how he Plays 60.

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ANTONIO GATES GOES BACK TO SCHOOL

Antonio Gates Goes Back to School On Tuesday, one boy in San Diego became a big deal when he took Chargers TE Antonio Gates to school. Kody, a 9-year old from Escondido, CA, is a 2nd grader at Miller Elementary School that was one of the 34 lucky winners of the NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes. What a prize! Antonio picked up Kody at home and took him to school in a limo, while excited students cheered. He signed autographs and met with all of Kody's classmates and even participated with

Antonio Gates Goes Back to School

Antonio Gates

On Tuesday, one boy in San Diego became a big deal when he took Chargers TE Antonio Gates to school. Kody, a 9-year old from Escondido, CA, is a 2nd grader at Miller Elementary School that was one of the 34 lucky winners of the NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes. What a prize! Antonio picked up Kody at home and took him to school in a limo, while excited students cheered. He signed autographs and met with all of Kody's classmates and even participated with Kody in a spelling test. Kody was definitely the most popular student at school on Tuesday.

Antonio didn't just go to school to watch, he also was in the classroom helping the teacher and even sat next to Kody in class! Antonio also gave the students a head start on their PLAY 60 for the day by showing them cool exercise tips.

At the assembly, the students were given the chance to ask Antonio questions: "What do you do after you play football?" asked a student. Antonio replied that he goes home, eats and gets plenty of rest. It was an unforgettable day for everyone. I think Kody said it best when we asked him what he thought about his day at school and he told us with an enormous smile, "Fun."

It's not all fun and games when NFL pros go back to school. Antonio's season of hitting other players too hard, humiliating opponents and not sharing the ball was finally noted on this discipline slip.

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NFL TAKE A PLAYER TO SCHOOL VISITS, OCTOBER 30, 2007

 Click here for more NFL Take a Player to School visits On October 30th, NFL stars Alex Smith, Warrick Dunn and Warren Sapp went back to school. Mary H., Jordan M. and Michaela H., are just three of the lucky 34 winners of the NFL's Take a Player to School sweepstakes! In Atlanta, Falcons running back Warrick Dunn and Mary, a 7th grader, rolled up in a limo to spend the day at her school -- Vickery Creek Middle School! Meanwhile, in San Jose, CA, Jordan showed 49ers QB Alex Smith around Booksin
Warrick Dunn and Mary

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On October 30th, NFL stars Alex Smith, Warrick Dunn and Warren Sapp went back to school. Mary H., Jordan M. and Michaela H., are just three of the lucky 34 winners of the NFL's Take a Player to School sweepstakes!

In Atlanta, Falcons running back Warrick Dunn and Mary, a 7th grader, rolled up in a limo to spend the day at her school -- Vickery Creek Middle School! Meanwhile, in San Jose, CA, Jordan showed 49ers QB Alex Smith around Booksin Elementary School! In San Carlos, CA, Michaela and Raiders defensive lineman Warren Sapp strolled around her school -- Heather Elementary School.

Warrick participated in a pep rally, exercised with some students and encouraged kids to study, practice, PLAY 60 and... to listen to Mom! "My Mom always stressed academics and really trying to do more than just being average," Warrick said.

Warren Sapp

Alex joined Jordan's class, did some multiplication and read a poem! "Don't let anyone tell you what you can or can't be," said Alex. "You guys can do anything." Alex also answered some questions, including; what would you do if you weren't a football player? Alex said, "I think I'd be teaching."

Warren visited Michaela's class and then told everyone at a school assembly to stay physically active, get 60 minutes of exercise a day and to remember that, "Education is the foundation of anything you're going to do in life." Later, Warren signed autographs and threw passes to Michaela's class! Michaela couldn't stop smiling as she summed up the visits for everyone -- "It was amazing."

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