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Monday, January 16, 2006

2 young Eagles fans win Punt, Pass & Kick titles
Chad Kelly, 11, of Red Lion, Pa., is getting to be an old pro at NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick contests. Which isn't surprising, since his uncle was an old NFL pro -- hall-of-fame QB Jim Kelly. Chad won the boy's 8-9 division in 2004, made the final four last year in the 10-11 bracket, and this year won that title, sporting an Eagles jersey as his name was announced on national TV between the third and fourth quarters of yesterday’s AFC playoff game. Of course, a kid with connections like that had a little help: He's had pointers from Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman, according to buffalobills.com.

Jenna Wargo of Lewisburg, Pa., spent her 14th birthday in a hospital. "I didn't really ask for anything for my birthday. I would have loved an iPod, but instead I got a hernia," she told a local newspaper, The Daily Item. Although she'd already won the local PP&K, the condition put futures rounds in jeopardy. But Wargo, who plays soccer and basketball, quickly recovered and kept winning. Her triumph in Indianapolis yesterday in the 14-15 girl's group was heartwarming in more ways than one. "I'm just glad the game's in a dome instead of Denver because the football would be really cold."

More than 4 million kids took part, but only 8 won. Find out more at www.nflyouthfootball.com. The final results, though, weren't posted as of noon Monday.


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