Rye Boy, 9, Shines in NFL's 'Pass, Punt and Kick' Competition

It's the oldest youth football program in the NFL, dating back to 1961.

Jack McRedmond (contributed photo)
Jack McRedmond (contributed photo)

A 9-year-old Rye boy may advance to the national leg of the NFL’s oldest youth football program.

Jack McRedmond, a Milton Elementary fourth-grader, won the 2013 NFL Jets Pass, Punt and Kick competition at MetLife Stadium, held before the (forgettable) Jets-Dolphins game—and is now waiting for other young people to finish their own competitions to see if he scored well enough to advance.

A huge football and basketball fan, according to mom Ann Dirksen, Jack likes Peyton Manning and the Broncos “and now Matt Simms with the Jets after meeting him and seeing what a nice guy he is in person.”

According to the Jets’ official website, the competition was established in 1961 and includes more than 3 million kids from July to January.

Jack’s strong showing may earn him a place in January’s final, Dirksen said. In order to get into Sunday’s competition, Jack had to win local and sectional events (held in Rye and the Yorktown).

The NFL Pass, Punt and Kick competitoin is in Jack’s blood: According to Dirksen, his dad competed in it when he himself was Jack’s age.


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