PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — When you have two minutes on the clock, and counting, there’s few better to go to than a Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback.
That’s exactly what the Pennsylvania Boys and Girls Club did Friday morning, drafting both Mike Tomczak and Bruce Gradkowski for the ultimate two-minute drill.
Two minutes on the clock and a local Sam’s Club full of items. Grab what you can for charity with the clock ticking down. It’s enough to make even some seasoned pros nervous.
“It’s always a competition. My wife told me this morning, ‘Don’t pull your hamstring doing this,’ so you have to watch that,” said Steelers backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski.
“It starts with vision, then real quick feet. You don’t want to misstep or anything, or trip. And then it is just grab and run, grab and run,” said former Steelers quarterback Mike Tomczak. “I woke up this morning just thinking, ‘grab and run.’
The buzzer sounded and they were off… sort of.
“I envision it being like in the movies where I just take everything from the aisle and just put it in the cart,” said Gradkowski.
It was nothing like the movies. There were cart problems, balancing issues, and it was two minutes of total mayhem. But in the end, it was for a good cause and that’s what is important.
“It’s all about the kids,” said Tomczak.
Every item collected in the carts will go to the Western Pennsylvania Boys and Girls Club.
The sponsor of the event, RetailMeNot, says no one has ever gotten close to grabbing the $15,000 they give away on each of the ‘runs,’ as they call them. They do ‘runs’ about four times a year.
When the clock ticks down to zero, it’s always kids that are the winners.
“We love working with the Boys and Girls Clubs, and we like to choose a city where we can really make a difference,” said Sara Skirboll, of RetailMeNot.
It’s going to make a huge difference very soon.
“We have over 7,000 young people that we see on a regular basis at eight branches,” Western Pa. Boys and Girls Club CEO Mike Hepler. “Our big program is right after school… it’s an educational program, so a lot of what you guys scooped up today is going to be directed towards those learning centers.”