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Football Team’s Consolation Prize – Lunch With The Mayor

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Mayor Menino hosts a celebratory luncheon to honor the Cathedral High School football team. Following the controversial penalty flag that cost Cathedral their title as 2011 Super Bowl champions, Mayor Menino pledged to take the team for lunch to congratulate them on an outstanding season. In this photo players Jermal Brevard Jackson, Yasser Aponte and Leshawn Wideman present the Mayor with an honorary football. December 21, 2011.

Mayor Menino hosts a celebratory luncheon to honor the Cathedral High School football team. Following the controversial penalty flag that cost Cathedral their title as 2011 Super Bowl champions, Mayor Menino pledged to take the team for lunch to congratulate them on an outstanding season. In this photo players Jermal Brevard Jackson, Yasser Aponte and Leshawn Wideman present the Mayor with an honorary football. December 21, 2011.

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BOSTON (CBS) – The football team at Cathedral High School in Boston celebrated today, despite losing to Blue Hills in the Massachusetts Division 4A Super Bowl earlier this month.

The team lost the game after a controversial penalty on their quarterback for excessive celebration.

Former Patriots Tedy Bruschi, current Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine were on hand today for a lunch with the team, along with Mayor Menino, who says Cathedral players are winners in his eyes.

“Winning on the field is important, but winning in life is more important,” said Menino. “You win in the classroom, you’ll have opportunity for a brighter future.”

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

Menino also praised the team’s sportsmanship following a tough loss.

“They could have grouched about it. They could have not shaken hands with the other team. They were class acts,” Menino said.

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