The Eagles' hottest ticket this season is Sunday's game when Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb returns after spending 11 seasons as the Birds' quarterback.

Monsignor Bonner High junior lineman Tyler Ramirez will be there to welcome McNabb back to Philly.

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Ramirez has been selected the winner of this week's Leonard Weaver/Daily News award.

Weaver is giving his two game tickets for each Eagles home game this season to local high school football players who excel on and off the field.

Ramirez is a 6-foot, 280-pounder who plays nose tackle and offensive guard for the Friars.

"Tyler is a tremendous kid who is also a great football player," Bonner coach Tom Oropeza said in nominating Ramirez for the award. "Tyler started both ways for us last year as a sophomore. Tyler is my hardest-working kid on my team. He never misses a workout and puts all of himself into his workouts.

"He is a great kid who . . . doesn't get many opportunities that most kids on my team get, like going to Eagles games. He is a worthy candidate."

Winners will attend the game with an adult chaperone (it must be a parent, guardian or coach). Ramirez will meet Weaver on Sunday and will receive two pregame sideline passes, courtesy of the Eagles.

The winners are chosen for exhibiting great effort on the field and in the classroom, as well as showing great character off the field. Nominees are submitted by coaches to the Daily News and the final selection is made by Weaver.

The third-year program was the brainchild of former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, and was taken over last year by McNabb.


Nominations are being accepted for deserving high school football players for the Leonard Weaver/Daily News award. If you are a high school coach and wish to have a player considered, please send an e-mail to Daily News assistant sports editor Chuck Bausman at

Please include information about the players' academic and athletic achievement, and contact information for us to reach him. Nominations will be accepted only from coaches. *