Volume 96, Issue 10
Friday September 13, 2002

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Kid's got a giant melon

EDINBURGH, Ind. (AP) – An Indiana high school freshman whose head was too big for the largest helmet made for an National Football League player is done sitting on the sidelines.

Tyler Money finally has a helmet large enough to fit the 66-centimetre circumference of his head and he is ready to get in some playing time.

"It's a big relief," said Money, who garnered widespread attention this month as word spread of his plight to find a helmet. "It's been pretty frustrating, but I've learned to live with it."

The month-long search for a helmet ended Monday, when one arrived from an online sporting goods distributor in Virginia.

Cheers erupted at Edinburgh's practice field after assistant coach Bryan Burton successfully placed the $146 helmet on Money's head.

"His eyes sure did light up when I put that helmet on," Burton told the Daily Journal of Franklin.

Because helmets can be safely used up to six years, the six-foot-one, 285-pound Money should be able to use his for the rest of his high school career providing his head doesn't grow.

Despite being unable to play while the search was on for a helmet, Money attended every practice at the school about 40 kilometres south of Indianapolis.

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