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CECIL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — The NFL asks its teams to promote a healthy lifestyle.

As Mike Schuh reports, one of the Ravens’ largest players met with some of his smallest fans.

At Conowingo Elementary, 91 kids a day eat breakfast at the school.

Imagine their surprise when number 92 joined them in the cafeteria breakfast line.

One girl recommended the mini pancakes.  Haloti Ngata started with chocolate milk.

“I haven’t had food like this in a long time,” said Ngata.  “I have mini-cinis, oranges, peaches, milk, apple juice.”

Remember the social anxiety of being the new kid in the lunch room and trying to fit into established friendships?

When Ngata goes to sit down, he’s reminded that the seat he picked is being saved for a best friend, who right there gets to sit next to Ngata.

Talking football and food are moments these kids won’t forget…and that’s the point. Having an NFL star at your table will get the kids to focus on the message.

“I think it’s very impressive that he took the time to come out and sit with our kids and talk about the health of our school and eating a healthy breakfast every day,” said April Walston, parent.

Ngata was at Conowingo Elementary as part of the league’s Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign.  He and Poe then met with all 400 students.

His appearance, he knows, will stick with some of the kids.  He has a straightforward message.

“For me, the thing I like to tell kids all the time is always do your best, and never settle for good,” said Ngata.  “The quote I always use is ‘good is the worst enemy of the best.'”

The next time the Ravens will have such an event will be after summer when the whole team is back in town.

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