York's Gwyn Zara wasn't certain but felt she might have won the Ben Watson football jersey giveaway sponsored by The Herald. And she was right.
Watson, a former standout at Northwestern High School and the University of Georgia, started at tight end for New England in the Patriots' matchup against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
The call that she had won came as a big surprise for Zara, one of three readers out of 351 entries to choose the Giants.
She almost aced the final score tiebreaker, picking the Giants 17-13.
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The Giants drove 83 yards in the final minute and won 17-14 on Eli Manning's touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress in what some are calling the biggest upset in Super Bowl history.
"I'm from Morris County in New Jersey and grew up a Giants fan,'' Zara said. "I attended several games in the Meadowlands before we moved down here 15 or 16 years ago. I pull for the Panthers now, but I still follow the Giants.
"I entered because I knew the Giants would win. I also entered because I felt if I won, my son (John) could get the jersey framed and hang it in his room. He's 24 and lives in Charleston and also is a Giants fan. But not everybody has an autographed Ben Watson jersey.''
The winner had to pick the winning team and any ties would be broken by the person closest to predicting final score.
Zara, a secretary for the York One Academy, couldn't remember the total points she predicted. It was on her home computer, but she hadn't looked at the numbers by Monday afternoon after the game.
"I didn't check my score Sunday night; didn't have time,'' Zara said.
Lancaster's Dale Sims also picked the Giants, but her tiebreaker was 26-18. Rock Hill's Don Patenaude predicted a 30-21 Giants victory.
The Patriots, as expected, were the top choice, with 262 readers picking New England. Next came Indianapolis at 36, Dallas, 18, Green Bay, 15, Jacksonville, 11, Pittsburgh, 5, and Seattle, 1.
Zara did a good job keeping the news quiet for a week. Watson's parents took the jersey to the Super Bowl to have their son sign it. They decided to stay in Arizona for a short vacation that included a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon.
They got home with the jersey Saturday night.
"This is only the second thing I've ever won,'' Zara said. "I won a golf umbrella from one the TV stations in Charlotte.
"This ranks at the top. I'm not even a New England fan. My husband asked if I could trade it for a Giants jersey. I told him, 'No, that's what the contest is about.'''