A former high school football player whose 40-yard field goal won him a new car last week during a halftime challenge in California opted not to accept it.
The challenge was featured between quarters at the Oct. 18 football game between Simi Valley and Royal high schools. Invictus Igwe, who was a punter at nearby rival Kennedy High School in 2007, was selected to try and make the 40-yard kick. The prize? A brand new 2014 Chevy Camaro.
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"I was nervous because I hadn't kicked a football in years and I've gained about 70 pounds since I graduated," Igwe told USA Today Sports
. "I almost passed out … [but] I did my normal routine. Three steps back, two steps to the right, deep breath, hips at a 45-degree angle."
Amazingly, Igwe made the field goal — kicking his shoe off in the process — and ran around the field, hugging players and Chevy representatives.
"I didn't even realize I didn't have one shoe until I got back over to the sideline," he said. "I still can't believe it. I called my mom and she started crying. It was the biggest blessing ever."
But Igwe reportedly decided not to accept the car and instead took the second, less publicized prize option: $20,000.
Igwe, who claims his 2010 Honda Civic is "perfectly functional," said he plans to pay off his debts, open a savings account, and invest his winnings.
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