Ravens Prepare Local NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competitor for National Finals


With schools closed because of the snow, Harford County's Adam Bruck was lucky enough to get a few punt, pass and kick pointers from the experts.

What better way to spend a snow day than to get a little football practice in with the pros?

Such was the case for Adam Bruck, 7, of Bel Air, Md., who visited the Ravens training facility on Wednesday for an opportunity to prepare for the National Punt, Pass and Kick Finals.

On Saturday, Bruck will join 39 other finalists – divided into five age groups – at the Atlanta Falcons' Georgia Dome to compete for the coveted crown of Punt, Pass and Kick Champion prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff showdown.

All participants launch one punt, one pass and one kick, with scores based on distance and accuracy. Bruck and his fellow competitors advanced to the National Finals through local, sectional and team championship competitions held throughout the NFL regular season. The top four scorers in each age group from around the country qualified as national finalists.

So, who better to coach Bruck than the Ravens' own punter, passer and kicker?

Inside of the Ravens' field house, the youngster met with K Billy Cundiff, QB Joe Flacco and P Sam Koch for a few last-minute pointers.  The Ravens players clued the up-and-coming football star into some of their personal techniques and even organized a few drills to test the three skills.

NFL Punt, Pass and Kick, which began in 1961, is the nation's largest grassroots sports skills competition.  NFL stars including Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Dan Marino competed in the Punt, Pass and Kick program as youngsters.

For more information on the event, visit www.NFLPPK.com.

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