Raiders Role Models program big hit


Hands shot up into the air quickly when a group of Navarre football players entered a fourth-grade classroom at Holley Navarre Intermediate School Thursday afternoon.

Before long, the players were hit by a barrage of questions like a defensive end charging in the quarterback at full speed.

What is it like to win a game?

Do you ever get stage fright playing in front of a big crowd?

Have you ever played Alabama?

Have you ever played the Florida Gators?

Have you ever played the Dallas Cowboys?

Have you ever gotten a concussion?

One student even wanted to know if the players had ever been to Pittsburgh.

The players laughed, clearly enjoying the moment, putting a humorous spin on each answer – in one instance running back Michael Carter said winning felt like the satisfaction you get after eating lunch at school — before telling the students a little bit about themselves.

But the Raiders were at the school Thursday for a bigger purpose as they are part of the Raider Role Models program that is now in its second year.

Fourth-grade teacher Cassie Nolan started the program last year. She had been involved in a similar program at Pace called Patriot Pals.

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