Larimore Teen Headed To National NFL CompetitionA Larimore, North Dakota boy is going to show off his football skills in front of thousands, including officials from the NFL.
A Larimore, North Dakota boy is going to show off his football skills in front of thousands, including officials from the NFL.
Jeremy Wiegandt is one of four finalists nationwide in the national punt, pass and kick competition.
Randy Wiegandt: "It all started out just to go have fun on a Sunday afternoon at a competition in Grand Forks."
And now Randy Wiegandt's son is heading to San Diego. No, he hasn't been drafted into the NFL, afterall he's only 13, but for one day, he's on the field just like any other professional player.
Jeremy Wiegandt/Pass, Punt, Kick Finalist: "I just took a deep breath and just threw the football, punted and kicked."
The NFL's Punt, Pass, and Kick competition is a skills competition that more than 3 million boys and girls ages 8-15 take part in each year. Kids start at local levels, slowly working their way up, hoping to make it to nationals.
Jeremy Wiegandt: "They take the top four out of the whole United States."
This is Jeremy's second time making it to nationals. In 2007 he finished second in the nation and this all started when his dad read an article in the paper.
Jeremy Wiegandt: "He said I think we should try this so I said okay and I ended up going."
This year is a new year, but Wiegandt is currently sitting at second in the nation with a total of 344 feet ten inches. This is only about 9 feet behind the leader. On the day of the competition everyone is back at zero and Wiegandt thinks a little preparation from the past can put him on top.
Jeremy Wiegandt: "When I was younger I got to play with the varsity football players and the coaches let me practice with the players."
On January 17th Wiegandt will take the field at Qualcomm Stadium before seventy thousand people to show off his skills and gain some Punt, Pass, and Kick bragging rights.
The competition will be held January 17th. It will begin before kickoff between the San Diego chargers and either the Patriots or Jets, depending on the outcome of tomorrow's games.