Roxborough's Grant Graham and Lincoln's Chris "John" Wilson are the winners of Eagles safety Brian Dawkins' tickets for tonight's game against Cleveland.
Graham, a running back/defensive back/kicker, was the team's second-leading rusher and second in points scored. He has a B average and is one of the team captains.
"He's a real good kid. He always works hard. He plays fullback and it's a very unselfish job; he doesn't really ask for anything. He'll do anything you ask of him," coach Mike Stanley said.
Wilson starts at safety, contributes at wide receiver and slot back and does all the kicking. He was born with half of a right arm. It extends only to the spot just short of where the elbow would be, and, though there's normal sensitivity, it's significantly underdeveloped.
He "never uses his hand as an excuse," coach Gene Kelly said. "Most of the time, you can't even tell that he is missing it. He doesn't even want you to acknowledge it, he just wants to be a part of it like everyone else. He loves to hit."
Dawkins has teamed with the Daily News to present his tickets to local high school football players for each of the Eagles' home games. The players are chosen for their skills on the field, their achievements in the classroom and for exhibiting great character on and off the field.
The winners must attend the Eagles game with an adult chaperone (parents, guardian, coach) and the Eagles also have provided a pair of pregame sideline passes for each winner.
This season's winners, including those at preseason games:
Wk. Athlete High School Pos.GPA
1. Kalid Ways Camden DB/RB3.46
2. Troy Frazier *Camden OL/DL3.5
3. Tyron Ch'seboro Bartram TE/LB2.7
4. Jamel Haggins Franklin TE/MLB3.7
5. Jerry Boyer Penncrest RB/LB3.0
6. Devin Walker Furness CB3.9
7. Daveer Fincher Simon Gratz RB/CB3.4
8. Kalif Walker Frankford QB/DB3.3
8. Terrell Barringer Dobbins Tech RB/CB3.3
9. Chris Wilson Lincoln S/WR/K2.0
9. Grant Graham Roxborough RB/DB/KB