Thomas County Central High School recently received golden recognition ahead of Super Bowl 50 in California.
As part of the nationwide Super Bowl 50 celebration, the NFL started the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll program to acknowledge schools and communities that have directly influenced Super Bowl history and impacted the game for the better.
Danny Copeland, a 1984 honor graduate of Central High School, presented one of these golden footballs to the Thomas County School District. Copeland played in the NFL for 6 years and was a member of the Washington Redskins squad that played in Super Bowl XXVI in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1992.
Another golden football was presented to Thomas County Schools from Myron Guyton, a 1985 graduate of Central High School. Guyton played in the NFL for 7 seasons as a defensive back with the New York Giants. He played in Super Bowl XXV in 1991 in Tampa, Florida.
Copeland and Guyton presented the golden footballs during the Thomas County Central High School’s annual football banquet last week.
“It was an extreme honor to have two of our former players to come back and share their fond memories of Central football,” said Thomas County Central High School Head Football Coach Bill Shaver. “Danny and Myron challenged our team to represent our school with pride and effort and to always remember where you came from.”
Both Copeland and Guyton were coached by Dr. Larry Green in high school. Green said, “Coaching young players, helping them become the best they can be physically, mentally, and spiritually is a challenging responsibility. The Rewards of hard work culminate into young men becoming the best they can be.”
“Danny Copeland and Myron Guyton epitomize becoming the best they could be,” said Green. “These young men have faced the challenges of life head on, developing physically, mentally, and spiritually allowing them to reach the highest level in professional football. They have worked through the frustrations of life’s challenges keeping a positive mental attitude of ‘never give up’ and ‘never quit.’ The results of their diligence produced the highest rewards possible in professional football Super Bowl Champions.”
Green added, “But most importantly, Danny and Myron have become successful, productive citizens. They are both family-oriented, dedicated fathers and husbands. It has been my pleasure to watch these young boys develop into men and to have had the opportunity to coach them in high school and to be called their coach!”
High schools across the country, and around the globe, will be given a Wilson Golden Football for every player or head coach who graduated from the school and was on an active Super Bowl roster. More than 2,000 high schools and roughly 3,000 players and coaches will be recognized this season. Players and coaches have chance to deliver the commemorative footballs personally.
Some of the other Super Bowl players and coaches who have participated in this campaign include Alabama A&M graduate Robert Mathis, Peyton and Eli Manning, Bill Cowher, and Larry Fitzgerald.
A few of these golden football presentations have been featured on “CBS This Morning.”