Hunter Paulen, a Redskins fan from Indian Head, Md., was the grand-prize winner of the NFL’s Play 60 Super Bowl contest. His essay on why his favorite Redskins player inspires him earned the 10-year old a trip to the Super Bowl.
“Robert Griffin III inspires me because he plays football and is a good runner and throws really good,” Hunter said in his essay, according to SoMdNews.com.
It wasn’t just Hunter’s RGIII fandom that earned him the honor.
Hunter addressed his heart condition, Shone’s complex, in the contest, explaining that while his problems keep him from contact sports, he finds other ways to stay active.
“I have six congenital heart defects and have had many surgeries. I found other things that I can do to stay active like capture the flag, golf in my yard, play two-hand touch with my brothers, dancing and tennis,” Hunter wrote.
The whole story is here, and worth the read.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
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* D.C. United sold Andy Najar to Anderlecht in Belgium.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Stephen Strasburg on still being a bit bothered by his shutdown:
“It’s still kind of a sore spot, to be honest. I wish it didn’t end up the way it did. But I can’t really worry about it anymore. The season’s over, and I don’t think anybody else on the team is playing the ‘what if’ scenario anymore. It’s all about looking to the future and looking into this coming season and preparing for that.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Denard Span tweeted this pic, along with, “Gotta take care of my moneymakers!”
WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
Caps at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. All TV/Radio listings here.
AWESOME OF THE DAY
And now, a dog in a wheelchair running an agility course.