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Halbrook Ready To PPK With the Best In Indianapolis

Abby Halbrook's first airplane ride is a big deal.

She is not afraid to fly and she is not afraid of competition

"I've never been on a plane before and it really is exciting," Abby smiled.

After winning her age division in the Punt, Pass, Kick competition at Texas Stadium in November, Abby's final score put here in the top four in the country.  Two weeks ago a special delivery arrived.

"I was like, 'Abby we just got the letter!'" Mom Marty said. " (My husband) brought it in and was like there's a letter and it's addressed to Abby from the NFL."

That letter was this 12-year-old girls dream come true.

"I did jump up and down and scream a little bit but I wasn't too loud," Abby said." I was like, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!"

Abby qualified for the finals of the NFL sponsored competition that will be held this Saturday at the RCA Dome, home of the world champion Colts.

Abby said to win in Punt, Pass, Kick it is about more than arm and leg strength.

"If you kick the ball and it's way off, they take that off (points). So it has to be straight down the line. "

"We have a long driveway and so I measured it," Marty said, "and got some chalk and marked it off and showed her where she had to hit the mark."

"That's what we do," Abby's father, Bobby, said. "It's getting out there beside the house, throwing it, kick, and punt."

Mom and dad are the practice coaches but it was Dyann Kemp that start Abby in the competition as a student at Caldwell Elementary.

"It's an awesome feeling," Dyann said. "I know that it will probably only happen one time in my coaching career. Abby started about four years ago and I just watched her grow and each year her kicks and passes got longer."

Abby said she's a little nervous but no matter what she's already in the nations top four. She hopes she can get some inspiration for someone pretty familiar with the RCA Dome.

"I'd like to see Peyton Manning you know? But they say I can't get his autograph or anything like that."

Who knows. It may be Peyton who wants Abby's autograph.

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