5th grade contest winner spends day with Redskins player

Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan goes back to school.

CLINTON, MD. (WUSA9) - Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan went back to school Monday - literally.

An 11-year-old Prince George's County boy entered a sweepstakes online and won the chance to bring Kerrigan to class.

Mikai Simmons, the winner for the sweepstakes “Bring Ryan Kerrigan to School” contest, is a fifth grader at James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Clinton, Maryland.

It is the third year of the contest and a first for the school.

Monday, the soft-spoken 11 year old stood in front of his energetic classmates with football idol, Ryan Kerrigan, by his side.

Kerrigan's public visit started in the gymnasium after a private meet and greet with the fifth grader. 

“I was excited,” Simmons said after he learned that he won the contest powered by Redskins Radio, ESPN 980. “Mom says she was shocked too!”

Simmons thought it was a joke until he met Kerrigan Monday morning.

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"Go Redskins, go redskins,” students chanted.

Kerrigan stood in front of students Monday answering questions about Sunday's win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Simmons was one of thousands of students who entered the contest.

The prize included the hour-long visit from Kerrigan, a photo and autograph session, and a VIP Game Day package for the Redskins Giants matchup New Year’s Day.

“I get to experience a lot of different elementary schools around the area and this one was one of the best,” Kerrigan said.


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