NYPD wins 2002 NPSFL Championship

Orlando – The setting for this year's NPSFL Championship Game was everything you could ask for in a football game. Two undefeated teams, one known for its offensive prominence, the other known for its defensive dominance. The LAPD's Centurions and the NYPD's Finest clashed for superiority and the honor of being named the 2002 National Champions.

"Finest handcuff Centurions 7-6 to capture title"

The Finest ended what will surely go down as one of the top NPSFL games of all time, by squeaking out a hard fought 7-6 victory to capture the title. Finest quarterback Sean Sharkey (#18) earned the respect and admiration of both his teammates and the LAPD in capturing the Game's MVP award.

Other award winners for the NYPD's Finest were running back Anthony Paccione (#49) and defensive back Mike Bestany (#23). Paccione's hard charging running style and constant 2nd and 3rd effort helped rally his team from a 6-0 deficit late in the game. Bestany on the other hand came up with a critical interception late in the game to thwart a Centurion rally. The interception, for the most part, sealed the victory.

Meanwhile, the Centurion's WR Craig Allen (#23) received the Offensive MVP for his squad. He had several terrific catches, including a 36-yard TD reception from QB Daniel Fernandez. The Defensive MVP was CB Keith Washington (#6), who picked off a Sharkey pass in his own end zone and nearly took it the distance. A shoestring tackle by one of the NYPD linemen was the only thing that prevented Washington from taking a trip to the promise land.

The interception came at a critical time as the Finest had driven to the LAPD 1 yard line and looked as if they might put the game away. The game ball went to a most deserving individual, NYPD's Head Coach Peter Moog. This was Peter Moog's last game as the Head Coach of the Finest after 15 years of leading the charge. Moog could not have asked for a better send off than this hard fought victory. He is one class act and truly an inspiration.

In his post game wrap-up coach Moog shouted to his team, "Offense wins games, DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS! That it did. Article & Photo's Can Be Viewed At www.nlfreeagents.com & www.draft2003.com.



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