EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Although MetLife Stadium has seen its share of losing football this season, a Bronxville student showed off his arm and legs on Sunday, nearly putting forth a winning effort in the NFL’s Punt Pass and Kick competition.
Justin Trotman, an eighth-grade student at The Chapel School, competed against the top 14- and 15-year-old boys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, placing third overall.
Each year, the NFL hosts the Punt, Pass and Kick competition for boys and girls between 6 and 15-years-old, who are broken into age and gender specific divisions. Each participant is then allowed one punt, pass and place kick. Scores are based on both distance and accuracy.
All participants first compete at the local level at nearby high school fields. The top performer in each division of the local events then advance to the sectional round. The top four finishers at the sectional level then advance to the team competition, where they face off against the best in the state in the team competition.
Trotman totaled 94 yards on his throw (52 yards) and kick (42 yards), but a punt of under 20 yards proved too much of a deficit. The top performer at the team championship was Anthony Del Negro, a Commack, N.Y., native who totaled 252 yards to claim his second straight title.
Del Negro will now advance to the national finals.
Justin Rose, who was at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, said he enjoys seeing the potential future of the sport showing off its talents on such a large stage.
“I played ball in high school, and we never took the field in a stadium like this, and these are only kids,” he said. “With the way the Jets are going, we could probably use one of them.”
Trotman wasn’t pleased with his overall score, but expressed his enjoyment of the experience and getting to meet some of his football heroes. For his third place finish, he was awarded a unique Punt, Pass and Kick game ball commemorating his run to the team championship.
“I was disappointed in my punt,” he said. “But I had so much fun being a part of the competition and being out on the field. Meeting some of the Jets was something I will never forget.”