The NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick Football Competition allows youngsters to showcase their talents in Punting, Passing & Kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy. The program is a national skills competition for boys and girls ages 8-15. Established in 1961, the PP&K program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program. Girls and boys in four separate age divisions (8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15) compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking in a fun and engaging forum.
The top finishers from each of eight age groups at the local competition advance to a sectional competition. The winners at the sectional competition have their scores compared with other sectional champions.
The top five scores from the pool of the sectional champions advance to team championships located at the 32 NFL home stadiums.
Tanner Rogers, freshman at Blanco High School, has advanced to the 2008 PP&K Houston Texans Team Championship. Tanner placed first at the local PP&K and competition in Fredericksburg, and advanced to the sectional competition held in Kerrville where he also placed first. His scores in the sectional competition placed him in the top five giving him the opportunity to compete this weekend in Houston. The competition is held prior to the start of the Texans game, and an exhibition is performed at halftime by the contestants.
The first place Team Champions from each of the boys' and girls' divisions of all NFL Team Champions are eligible for advancement to the National Finals. Their scores must be in the top four nationally in their respective age groups to qualify. Those who place in the final top four will advance to the PP&K National Final which is held in January at a NFC playoff game.
National Finalists are notified at the conclusion of all Team Championships at the end of December.