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Cell phone Samaritans can compete to carry Olympic torch

Samsung Electronics, a partner in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay, is holding a contest to select five people to carry the torch in San Francisco.

Go long, Herschel.

Former pro football player Herschel Walker and five yet-to-be-selected "Mobile Phone Samaritans" will serve as Olympic Torch Relay bearers, when the symbolic flame passes through its only North American stop in San Francisco in April.

Samsung Electronics, a partner in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay, is holding a "Mobile Phone Samaritan" contest to select the five participants who will carry the torch in San Francisco with the Heisman Trophy winner.

Interested parties can either nominate themselves or someone they know who used a mobile phone in an emergency to help another person. Entries need to be 100 words or less and submitted by September 12.

A panel of judges will chose five torch bearers who demonstrated speed and kindness when using their cell phone in an emergency situation.

The torch will be lit in Greece on March 25, then make its way over to Beijing six days later. From there, it will travel to 22 cities across the globe before returning to Beijing.

Let the games begin.