January 9, 2015 | bakersfieldnow.com
The NFL made it public Friday morning on national television that the Bobcats are the winners of the league’s “Together We Make Football” contest. Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen, among many others, tweeted about it.
As the winners, the whole team is booked for a five-day trip to Phoenix to take in one of sports’ biggest events.
Shortly after the announcement on Friday morning, the student body – all 150 kids strong – gathered for a victory rally.
School staff played a tape of the NFL Films production about Boron, and Assemblyman Tom Lackey – himself a former Boron football player – recognized the team and the school with a congratulatory Assembly Resolution.
“It’s a dream come true, it’s like it didn’t really happen,” said football player Emilio Rodriguez. “It’s like I’m in a dream.
“This is something that not just the players, but all the students who attend here – kids’ brothers, kids’ families – something they’re all going to remember the rest of their lives,” Coach Tim Seaman said.
As for that Super Bowl in February, it will be many of the kids’ first experience at a professional game.
“This is my first, and it’s the biggest game of all,” Rodriguez said.
The whole team will be leaving for the game on Jan. 29 and staying five days, with a full itinerary on each day.