NFL Player Bucksport-bound as First-grader Wins Contest

BUCKSPORT — Seven-year-old Jocelyn Tozier may be roughly one-fifth the size of a professional football player, but she is one big fan.

In November, the Miles Lane School first-grader learned she had won the ultimate prize. A National Football League player will visit her school sometime in the next month or so.

“I jumped up and down,” she said, demonstrating.

Jocelyn, who is a New England Patriots fan, was one of 34 winners of the 2008 NFL Take a Player to School Sweepstakes sponsored by the NFL and JCPenney Afterschool.

The identity of the visiting player and the date of his visit have yet to be announced.

Jocelyn said she would be happy if quarterback Tom Brady or linebacker Tedy Bruschi showed up, but any Patriot will do.

The yet-to-be-named player will arrive at Jocelyn’s home early one morning and escort her to school in a limousine. At school, he will organize physical education activities for students as part of NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and fitness campaign.

The Miles Lane School will receive $2,000 for the purchase of fitness and after-school activities equipment as part of the award, according to Principal Marcelle Marble.

Her father, Dale, is the Bucksport Middle School football coach. He entered Jocelyn in the contest online during the summer.

Watching football is a Sunday ritual for Tozier family and friends. Jocelyn’s parents have been Patriots season ticket holders for 15 years.

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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

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