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Patriots fan Heidi Gilbert named finalist in NFL contest

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Heidi Gilbert, raised in Sandy, Utah and a current resident of Los Angeles, is one of 10 finalists for the NFL's TOGETHER WE MAKE FOOTBALL - YOUR STORY contest.

Heidi Gilbert, raised in Sandy, Utah and a current resident of Los Angeles, is one of 10 finalists for the NFL's TOGETHER WE MAKE FOOTBALL – YOUR STORY contest. Fans now can vote on the 10 stories at TogetherWeMakeFootball.com. The five leading vote getters will win a dream trip to Super Bowl XLVIII. The campaign will culminate with an NFL Films documentary airing on the weekend of the Super Bowl.

Heidi Gilbert was working towards her dream job as part of the training program at Disney. However, when her term was up she did not land a full time opportunity and her performance review spelled out her weaknesses. She turned to football as a distraction and became a New England Patriots fan. She followed closely their unbeaten 2007 regular season and also saw a TV story on Tom Brady that read his Michigan scouting reports: "Too Short." "Weak Arm." Realizing that her feedback at Disney had a similar tone, she picked up her pencil again and got back to work. She created a story reel that went viral and was featured on Entertainment Weekly's website, helping her land her dream job as an animator at DreamWorks.

To vote for Heidi’s story, click here.

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