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Steelers fan named NFL Play 60 Super Kid

| Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 2:57 p.m.

The Steelers won't be anywhere near MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, but one of their youngest fans will be on the field at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. Thomas Brown, 9, was chosen as the NFL Play 60 Super Kid and will hand the game ball to the officials prior to the opening kickoff.

Brown, of Virginia Beach, Va., was chosen from thousands of young fans nationwide who pledged to be active for 60 minutes a day. He also answered a series of health- and exercise-related questions, such as what foods a team should eat for proper nutritional balance.

Brown plays NFL flag football and is a competitive swimmer who specializes in the backstroke, and he enjoys surfing. He traveled to Pittsburgh this week to meet Steelers president Art Rooney II and players Heath Miller and Maurkice Pouncey, and he and his father had dinner with Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.

Brown's father, Shannon, is an active duty Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps who flies FA-18 fighter jets. Despite moving around the country during his father's deployments, Thomas Brown has remained a fan of the Steelers and Polamalu.

Media day is one of the events Thomas Brown will attend at the Super Bowl.

Alan Robinson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at arobinson@tribweb.com or via Twitter @arobinson_Trib.

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