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Maryland Teen Wins NEA-NFL Players Association Holiday Contest

By Will Potter

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 -- A Maryland high school student’s artwork was chosen as the holiday greeting to family and friends of NFL players this season, including his home team, the Washington Redskins.

Christopher Buchanan won an inaugural contest held by the NFL Players Association and NEA to design a holiday card for the football players union. His artwork, titled “Plowing through the Snow,” features a football player storming past the icy grips of a team of snowmen.

As part of the contest, Buchanan visited Washington, D.C., recently to receive a football autographed by one of his favorite players, Redskins tight end Chris Cooley. He and his father also watched the Redskins take on the New Orleans Saints from the executive suite of the players association at FedExField.

Buchanan, an 11th-grader at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Prince George’s County, says he will excited to be recognized for his work because he hopes to pursue his artwork as a career.

“I pray that my son realizes and takes full advantage of his artistic talent and your recognition of that talent,” said Duane Buchanan, Christopher’s father. “I know his mom and I will continue to use it as positive reinforcement as he pursues future endeavors and higher education.”



Read more about the NEA-NFL Players Association partnership here.