Players visit Canadian Schools

Players visit Canadian Schools

Rob Gronkowski, Golden Tate and George Wilson passed along some life lessons to students at four Canadian schools.

Thirteen year-old Alex Allain will be brought record-setting New England Patriots tight end Gronkowski to Miramichi’s Nelson Rural School on April 11.

Buffalo Bills captain and starting safety George Wilson will be accompanying twelve-year old Tikal Charles-Taylor to Etobicoke, Ontario’s Deer Park Public School in late April, and twelve-year-old Joshuwa Cappe-Morre to Bowmanville, Ontario’s Holy Family Catholic School in early May.

Also in May, Seattle Seahawk Golden Tate, a former Biletnikoff award winner (NCAA’s top receiver), will be accompanying nine-year-old Keanen Tregaskis to Cougar Canyon Elementary in Delta, British Columbia.

The Canadian NFL Take a Player to School contest is an annual national online sweepstakes. In addition to the school visit (the players will accompany the students in a chauffeured car to school), the four students won some signed NFL merchandise and some signed footballs and helmets for use at school fundraisers.

The NFL players speak at a special assembly focusing on topics that include physical activity, self esteem and bullying. Some will also lead the students in physical education activities.

New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski is a superstar in the making. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end is only entering his third season in the NFL, yet already holds a number of league records. In 2011 Gronkowski scored 18 touchdowns (most ever by a tight end in a single season), recorded 1,327 receiving yards (most ever by a tight end in a single season), and became the first tight end to lead the league in receiving touchdowns for an entire season. Gronkowski comes from a long line of athletes. His grandfather, Ignatius Gronkowski, competed for the USA in cycling at the 1924 Summer Olympic Games in Paris, France.

George Wilson leads the Buffalo Bills on the field and in the community. A team captain since 2008, Wilson, a safety, recorded 106 tackles and four interceptions in 2011. Wilson is also a passionate spokesman for the NFL’s ‘Play 60’ youth fitness program, and speaks at dozens of schools, hospitals and charity events. Wilson also has a history of overcoming obstacles. Undrafted as a receiver coming out of the University of Arkansas, Wilson switched from offense to defense in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since.

Golden Tate was a second round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 and is now entering his third season with the team. A former star at the University of Notre Dame (Tate was awarded the Biletnikoff award as the top receiver in college football in 2009), Tate caught 35 passes for 382 yards and three touchdowns last season. The Tennessee native also played baseball at Notre Dame, and was even selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants.