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NFL says new gold footballs on way after mix-up, printing errors

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The National Football League is making good on its promise to provide two local high schools with new pieces of Super Bowl memorabilia.

Both Bishop McDevitt and Harrisburg High Schools should soon be receiving new gold footballs from the NFL, as part of its Super Bowl High School Honor Roll program. High schools across the nation, and around the world, received a commemorative Wilson Golden Football for every player or head coach who graduated from their school and was on an active Super Bowl roster.

When CBS 21 News Sports Director Jason Bristol learned McDevitt had not received a ball its ball recognizing Ricky Watters, he later discovered the ball had mistakenly been sent to Bishop McDevitt in Wyncote, Pa.

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Harrisburg also did not receive its ball honoring the late Kevin Mitchell.

More than three months have passed since CBS 21 News' special assignment and the schools have yet to receive their new footballs.

In an email to Bristol, Alex Gerson, the NFL's director of marketing, says the new balls will be shipped out soon.

"The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll golden footballs for both Ricky Watters and Kevin Mitchell are part of our final reprinting for all the participants from Super Bowl I- XLIX that we had to make corrections on," wrote Gerson to Bristol . "We are in the process of finalizing all of those materials and hope to send everything out in the next month."

Bristol has also learned a gold football sent to Line Mountain, recognizing linebacker Glenn Ressler, who graduated from Mahanoy Joint High School (now Line Mountain) and played in two Super Bowls for the Baltimore Colts, also has a misprint and needed to be corrected.

Ressler's new gold football is also being processed, Gerson said.

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