The kicker from the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, a graduate of Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Illinois, returned to his alma mater for a Friday night basketball game, The Lion Online, which is the school’s student newspaper, reports.
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Jake Elliott, who just a few weeks ago celebrated the Eagles’ win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, gave a pep talk to the basketball team and could be seen stirring up some excitement from his seat in the press box during the Lions’ overtime loss to Glenbard West, didn’t make any formal statements to the press during his return. But he was greeted with enthusiastic cheers from his home crowd, where he played football, basketball, and
“As we are getting ready to play in an atmosphere like this, Jake Elliott walks in the locker room and talks to the guys,” the paper quoted basketball coach Tom Sloan as saying in The Doings. “He said when he was in high school, this was his Super Bowl, being at a Blackout game like this. The message he gave the guys was:
It is really exciting, but you cannot let the moment be too big for you. Enjoy the moment, but play with poise and trust yourselves and trust your teammates.
The annual “Blackout game” means fans wear black, and Elliott’s black Eagles T-shirt fit right in. Students and staff presented him with a photo collage of his time at Lyons, before he went off to Memphis to play football and, later, to the Eagles.
“I am not surprised that he showed his LT pride—once a Lion, always a Lion,” one senior trumpet player in the school’s pep band, Brass, Wind, and Fire, was quoted as saying. “It was really cool seeing Jake Elliott come back, because obviously we really all recognize his accomplishments. That was just really cool that he took the time to come back and see us.”