Hartwood Elementary student brings Steeler Woodley for show and tell
It's a good thing that 7-year-old Seth Pesanski didn't have to carry his exhibit for Tuesday's show-and-tell at Hartwood Elementary in Indiana Township. That's because he would've had a tough time lugging 265-pound Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley to school.
Even in a classroom full of first-graders, Woodley couldn't escape questions about his injured ankle. The students wanted to know if it's feeling better after Woodley sprained it in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
“It still hurts a little bit, but I should be back out there Sunday,” he said.
His response earned him cheers from the young Steelers fans, who waived pennants and pom-poms they made in class.
Woodley visited the Fox Chapel Area School District elementary after Seth, a first-grader, won the Verizon Wireless Show 'n Tell with the NFL Sweepstakes.
He and his twin sister, Sage, introduced Woodley to their classmates at an afternoon assembly.
Seth of Indiana Township bounced up and down with anticipation in the minutes before Woodley arrived.
“I was excited,” he said of learning he found out he won the contest. “He's a good player.”
Seth's mom, Billie, entered him in the contest online.
“I couldn't believe we won,” she said. “It really is a shock. Our house hasn't been the same since we found out.”
Michael and Billie Pesanski were on hand for the event.
As part of the visit, Woodley talked to the students about his own health and fitness habits and the importance of staying fit. He encouraged them to get outside and play at least 60 minutes a day.
“This is my first time in an elementary school since last year,” Woodley said afterward. “I like talking to kids about fitness and answering a bunch of questions.”
In fact, if he weren't a football player he'd likely spend a lot more time in school.
“If I wasn't in the NFL, I'd probably be a teacher,” he said in response to a student's question. “I love working with kids.”
Woodley fielded plenty of other inquiries during a visit to Seth's classroom and at the assembly. Seth and Sage were center stage, either picking kids to ask questions or reading some of those submitted beforehand.
Among the things the students wanted to know were: how long he's been playing football (since age 6), his favorite snack (gummy bears), his favorite opponent (Baltimore Ravens) and his proudest moment (the Steelers 2008 Super Bowl win).
One of the most popular questions among those submitted by students was: who is his best friend on the team?
The answer is Ryan Mundy. The two went to college together at the University of Michigan, Woodley said.
Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or email@example.com.
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