Madison Kandel from Killbuck, Ohio, represented the Browns as one of the 40 young athletes from across the country that competed in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick National Finals during the weekend of the NFL Divisional Playoffs. The winners were then honored Sunday at a special on-field award presentation during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks.
Finalists competed Saturday in five age divisions at the Georgia Dome with the top scorer in each group crowned national champion. All participants launched two punts, two passes and two kicks with scores based on distance and accuracy (in feet). The best score from each activity was tabulated to determine the athlete’s total. All youngsters 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 across the country qualified as national finalists.
NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, which began in 1961, is celebrating its 51st anniversary. It 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 & Kick program as youngsters.
All participants and their guests were provided airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to the Falcons-Seahawks NFC Divisional Playoff.