Advertisement

 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -Third-grader Mason Farley immediately knew the first question he would ask Oakland Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison when he won a prize to meet an NFL player.
``Would you tackle George?'' Mason asked soon after Morrison arrived at his house Tuesday, hoping to inflict pain on his younger brother.
Morrison politely declined that opportunity, but did toss the football around with the two young boys, then visited their school as part of the ``NFL Take a Player to School'' promotion.
Mason, 8, and his 7-year-old brother George each entered the contest, which is held each year in every NFL city and two other markets.
Mason ended up winning, and got the chance to take Morrison to the Town School for Boys in San Francisco, where the linebacker talked about setting goals, driving to be the best and the importance of getting 60 minutes of exercise a day.
While many of the questions from the eager students focused on what it's like to ``level'' an opposing player and what was the hardest hit of his career, Morrison stuck to his message.
' Morrison said. ``I remember when I was a kid I'd listen to these role models in school and use what they said in my own life.''
Morrison, who grew up across the San Francisco Bay in Oakland, said he didn't get the chance to meet a football player as a kid but enjoyed the lessons he got from fire fighters and police officers who visited his school.
Mason got up early on his big day, dressed in his Morrison jersey with silver and black balloons outside their house and in the living room.
A family that used to root for the Chargers because their mother, Mary, was from San Diego, now has a new favorite NFL team. Although George pointed out that Mason still likes to play as the Chargers in video games.
``Those days are over,'' Mary Farley said. ``We've been watching Raider football now. We're fired up.''
Mason, George and their 5-year-old sister, Ella, kept looking out the window waiting for Morrison's limousine to arrive, and admitted that getting the chance to take a limo to school was just about as cool as meeting Morrison.
When Morrison arrived in his own jersey, he asked about Mason's own athletic career, which included a loss in a soccer game last Saturday.
``Don't worry. We didn't win last week either,'' Morrison said, referring to the Raiders 29-10 loss in Baltimore. ``I feel your pain.''

Recent NFL Discussions

1/2 plays pro for sun. sun sept. 25th on Sun, Sep 2016 by Timmy1961
2nd set pro plays on Sun, Sep 2016 by Timmy1961
1st set of nfl plays for sunday the 25th on Sun, Sep 2016 by sharkey11
3rd set coll. plays now on Sun, Sep 2016 by Michael Cash
Advertisement
Advertisement

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Bears vs. Cowboys Prediction Will the Cowboys cover as a nearly a touchdown-sized favorite tonight when they host the Bears on Sunday Night Football at 8:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Bears vs. Cowboys Odds Sunday’s busy NFL schedule closes out tonight with the Dallas Cowboyshosting the Chicago Bearsat 8:30PM ET on NBC. Here is the latest look at the odds for this game.
Thumbnail Rams vs. Bucs Prediction Will the Bucs rebound from their ugly loss to Arizona last weekend with a win and a cover in their home-opener today vs. the Rams at 4:05PM ET?
Thumbnail 49ers vs. Seahawks Prediction Will the Seahawks cover this afternoon against the 49ers as a double-digit favorite when the two teams square off at 4:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Supercontest Week 3 Top Picks Which teams are the top plays for Week 3 in the NFL Las Vegas Westgate Supercontest?
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages