By Karen Billing
There’s a fresh, young NFL voice out there: Rancho Santa Fe’s own Sebastian Campos who shares his views on the league from a 9-year-old’s perspective.
The Solana Santa Fe School fourth grade student was recently added to the roster of child reporters for the NFL Rush website, a playful and informative site for kid NFL fans and Play 60, the NFL’s initiative to get kids outside and active.
Sebastian earned the opportunity through a write-up he submitted on his favorite NFL player. Sebastian, who is a Washington Redskins fan, wrote about Redskins linebacker London Fletcher.
“I wrote about how he’s played for three different teams, the Bills, the Rams and the Redskins and where he was born,” Sebastian said. “I like him because he’s a tough player who plays defense like I do and he’s really good at playing the position he plays.”
Sebastian, when not busy reporting on the NFL beat, is a defensive tackle for the Torrey Pines Pop Warner Falcons.
Sebastian had to sign an official contract with NFL Rush and must write a piece every two weeks during the off-season and once a week during the season.
“I write things that my boss sends me,” Sebastian said, noting his latest assignment was on his favorite Super Bowl commercial.
He selected the “Miracle Stain” commercial from Tide where a football fan sees the image of Joe Montana in a salsa splatter on his jersey. Football faithful turn out in droves to see the miracle stain until his wife unknowingly washes the jersey.
Sebastian’s mother Enid said Sebastian has always been interested in writing, he’s written and distributed the Campos News among his family members and last year with some friends tried to start a newspaper at Solana Santa Fe.
She said he went looking for a way to be a reporter on his own and came to her with the idea of submitting a write-up to NFL Rush, a site he frequents.
“He’s a very responsible kid and we’re so proud of him that he’s looking to do something outside of school and found a job,” Enid said.
Sebastian said he is just trying out being a reporter and hopes the NFL Rush gig leads to an opportunity to interview his favorite player Fletcher, who will be playing in his 16th season come fall.
Sebastian said while writing about sports is fun, his ultimate career goals are to actually play football in the NFL and perhaps be an astronaut.