Canadian woman cheers for former student in Super Bowl

    TAMPA BAY, FL, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - A free trip to the Super Bowl may be a
dream come true for any football fan but for a B.C. woman it was even more
than that.
    Karen Green's free flight to Florida and ticket to Sunday's Super Bowl
game in Tampa Bay was just the beginning of her adventure. The real fun for
her came in cheering for Pittsburgh Steelers punter Mitch Berger, a fellow
Canadian and former student. Green taught Berger almost 30 years ago, when he
was an elementary school student in North Delta, B.C.
    Green's friend, Kathy Graham, was the grand prizewinner in the "McCain
NFL Make it a Super Season" Contest held recently by McCain Foods (Canada).
She won a free return flight to Tampa for two, hotel accommodations, two
tickets to the Super Bowl and $1,000 in spending money. Green had entered her
friend's name in the McCain contest and when she won, Graham invited Green to
go with her.
    Although Green remembers little of Berger as a student, she does remember
that when he was in his early 20s, he used to come back to his old school and
give inspirational talks to some of the students. Green says she still has an
autographed football given to her by Berger during one of those visits.
    It's a long way to Tampa Bay from B.C. for both Green and Berger and it
was the first trip to the Super Bowl for both of them. For Green, the personal
connection with one of the players made it even more special. For Berger, it
was a crowning achievement in a career spanning 14 seasons in the National
Football League including his first season as a Pittsburgh Steeler.
    Making it to the Super Bowl is a dream of every avid NFL fan and player.
In this case, it was a dream come true for both teacher and student alike.

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For further information: Calla Farn, McCain Foods (Canada), (505)

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