DENVER – Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Luke Adams all shared the same field on Sunday afternoon.
Adams, a Hinsdale resident, walked the same ground as the pros at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos, when he was honored as the winner in the 8 to 9-year boys old division of the NFL's Punt, Pass and Kick competition.
With a combined distance of 287 feet, 11 inches, Adams was far and away the top competitor in his grouping.
The competition took place Jan. 11 at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo. He was one of 40 finalists from across the country who competed in 10 divisions in the finals. Those that made the finals had previously made it through local, sectional and team championship competitions held throughout the NFL regular season. Each finalist launched two punts, two passes and two kicks and earned scores based on distance, in feet.
The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition celebrated its 52nd anniversary this year. Several NFL stars – including Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Dan Marino – competed in the Punt, Pass and Kick program as youngsters.