KENNER - Many events are being held around the host city for Super Bowl XLVII and one of the best was last night at AMF All Star Lanes.
Many events are being held around the host city for Super Bowl XLVII and one of the best was last night at AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner.
More than 200 local and regional bowlers and non-bowlers participated in a charity event sponsored by the NFL Foundation. More than 50 former NFL players - including many Hall of Famers such as Paul Hornung, Ricky Jackson, Carl Eller, and Jimmy Taylor - tried their luck at bowling. The former LSU and Green Bay Packers star Taylor learned to bowl from Steve Dimak Sr. when he was on Superstars and went on the win the bowling event.
The real star of the evening was AMF All Star Lanes. For the past 10 days, GM Harry Johns and his entire staff have worked tirelessly to spruce up the center. From the ladies in the office who handled the registration, to the counter worker and lanes maintenance staff, the staffers painted and cleaned the center from top to bottom. They remodeled the main bar area and expanded it. Why do I mention all of these improvements? Easy, because they will stay here for the local bowlers long after the last pass is thrown at this year Super Bowl.
One of the most popular players signing autographs was the notorious Terrell Owens. He is one of the owners with the new PBA team league, the Dallas Strikers. Team bowling debuted this past week and was a huge success. When asked how he felt about the league, Owens said, “I think it has a great future and will only get bigger.”
The former All-Pro receiver felt that it would expand bowling in the cities that have teams and would bring more people into sport. He tarted in bowling in 1997 in a celebrity event like this one and was quickly hooked on it. He is very competitive and will take on all comers in his new league including another owner locals know well from another sport. “I can beat Chris Paul anytime,” bragged Owens, who likes the Ravens in this year's game.
Each bowler received a NFL Foundation shirt, bowling pin and custom made Super Bowl XLVII bowling ball. NFL foundation estimated that between this event and its golf tournament at Lakewood in Algiers, they will raise over $150,000 for the foundation. Most of this money will be used in the New Orleans area for local charites.
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