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Lansanah, Gaskins provide important message to kids

Updated: Tuesday, March 18 2014, 01:07 AM CDT

Posted by: Jason Bristol

HARRISBURG -- Overcoming the odds and how to handle adversity.

Count Harrisburg native Danny Lansanah as an expert on both.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker, along with New York Giants running back Kendall Gaskins, spent part of Friday sharing his unique story to students at Capital Academy in Harrisburg.

Lansanah made the National Football League as an undrafted free agent in 2008 with the Green Bay Packers. After being released, he didn't play another regular season game until this past December -- a span of five years.

Lansanah's goal is to provide the children with a sense of hope.

"They see us on TV, but they really seldom see NFL players walk into school and give them motivation to be great," said Lansanah, who signed with football teams in Canada and the now-defunct United Football League, respectively, before returning to the NFL.

Gaskins' climb to the pros hasn't been easy, either. He was not drafted after attending Richmond and has been a member of both the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans before landing with the Giants.

Each player answered whatever questions the students had.

"We're just here today discussing adversity and just trying to preach greatness to the kids; just show them support," said Gaskins, a New Jersey native who's in Harrisburg for offseason training with Lansanah.

"We just want to give back to the community."

Lansanah, Gaskins provide important message to kids

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Friday's Scores


Final OT Los Angeles 5 N-Y Rangers 4

Final Buffalo 6 Montreal 4

Final 2OT Pittsburgh 2 Carolina 1

Final 2OT Colorado 3 Detroit 2

Final OT Tampa Bay 4 Nashville 3

Final St. Louis 5 Florida 3

Final Arizona 4 Calgary 1


Final (17) Arizona 81 UCLA 75

Final (19) Dayton 68 Rhode Island 66

Final Arizona State 74 (23) Southern Cal 67


Final (22) South Florida 78 Cincinnati 51

Final (23) DePaul 82 Xavier 52

Saturday's Schedule - All Times EST



No. 1 Villanova vs. St. John's, 8 p.m.

No. 2 Maryland vs. Wisconsin, 6 p.m.

No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 Kansas, 2 p.m.

No. 5 Xavier at Butler, 2:30 p.m.

No. 7 Virginia at Duke, Noon

No. 10 West Virginia vs. TCU, Noon

No. 11 Oregon at Stanford, 4 p.m.

No. 13 Louisville at Notre Dame, Noon

No. 14 Iowa State vs. No. 24 Texas, 1 p.m.

No. 15 Texas A&M at LSU, 1 p.m.

No. 16 SMU vs. Gonzaga, 10 p.m.

No. 18 Purdue at Michigan, 2 p.m.

No. 20 Providence vs. Georgetown, Noon

No. 21 Baylor vs. Texas Tech, 8 p.m.

No. 22 Kentucky at South Carolina, Noon

No. 25 Wichita State vs. Northern Iowa, Noon


No. 4 Baylor at Texas Tech, 3 p.m.

No. 20 Oklahoma State vs. No. 24 West Virginia, 6 p.m.


New Jersey at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Boston at Minnesota, 2 p.m.

Toronto at Vancouver, 7 p.m.

Nashville at Florida, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Washington at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Anaheim at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at Edmonton, 10 p.m.

Arizona at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

Sunday's Schedule - All times EST



No. 4 Iowa vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Indiana, 1 p.m.

No. 9 North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

No. 12 Miami at Florida State, 6:30 p.m.

No. 17 Arizona vs. No. 23 Southern Cal, 9 p.m.


No. 1 UConn at Temple, Noon

No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 19 Miami, 1 p.m.

No. 5 Maryland at Northwestern, 4 p.m.

No. 6 Texas at No. 21 Oklahoma, 2:30 p.m.

No. 7 Ohio State at Penn State, 2 p.m.

No. 8 Oregon State vs. Utah, 4 p.m.

No. 9 Arizona State at No. 13 Stanford, 9 p.m.

No. 10 Florida State vs. North Carolina, 2 p.m.

No. 14 UCLA vs. Washington, 2 p.m.

No. 16 Florida at Auburn, 2 p.m.

No. 17 Michigan State at Nebraska, 4 p.m.

No. 18 Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m.

No. 23 DePaul vs. Butler, 3 p.m.


All-Star game at Toronto, 8:30 p.m.


Colorado at Buffalo, 12:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at New Jersey, 12:30 p.m.

Boston at Detroit, 3:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Tampa Bay, 6 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.

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