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Four McKeesport Area High School graduates who played at the top levels of the National Football League will visit their alma mater next week on the eve of the 50th Super Bowl.
Retired NFL players William Miller (Class of 1957), Mike Logan (Class of 1992), Brandon Short (Class of 1995) and Russell Stuvaints (Class of 1997) will present the district with a Golden Football from Wilson Sporting Goods as McKeesport Area High School is placed on the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll.
The ceremony will take place in Neenie Campbell Gymnasium during the halftime of the Feb. 5 boys' basketball game when the Tigers host Gateway High School.
High schools across the nation are receiving a commemorative Wilson Golden Football for every player or head coach who graduated from their school and was on an active Super Bowl roster, a spokesperson said.
The program celebrates high schools and communities that have contributed to Super Bowl history, a spokesperson said, and is designed to link past Super Bowls with this year’s game and honor the high schools and communities that have positively impacted the game of football.
Miller was a wide receiver and played for the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II and caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Daryle Lamonica. His five catches led all receivers in the game, and his touchdown receptions were the only points the Raiders scored in a 33-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
(Also appearing in Super Bowl II was West Mifflin North High School graduate Jim Flanigan Sr., a linebacker who played on the winning Packers team. Flanigan and West Mifflin have also been placed on the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll.)
Short, a linebacker, played five seasons for the New York Giants, and despite suffering a severe ankle injury during his rookie season in 2000, appeared in all of the team's post-season games, including Super Bowl XXXV, when the Giants lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-7.
A safety, Logan played for the Pittsburgh Steelers when they won Super Bowl XL, 21-10, over the Seattle Seahawks, along with fellow McKeesport alumnus Stuvaints, a safety and defensive back.
Other Mon Valley high schools being honored with golden footballs include Charleroi (1), Monessen (2), Ringgold (2), Steel Valley (3), West Mifflin (1) and Woodland Hills (4).
Steel Valley players being honored are Charlie Batch (Super Bowl XL with the Steelers) and Adam Walker (Super Bowl XXIX with the San Francisco 49ers).
Woodland Hills players being honored are Rob Gronkowski (Super Bowls XLVI and XLIX with the New England Patriots), Ryan Mundy (Super Bowl XLV with the Steelers), Lousaka Polite (Super Bowl XLVI with the Patriots) and Steve Breaston (Super Bowl XLIII with the Cardinals).
The complete honor roll can be found at http://www.nfl.com/sbhsdatabase.
In addition to the golden footballs, the NFL Foundation will provide the schools with a new character education curriculum and the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to help support and grow their football programs. The NFL Foundation has invested $1 million towards the campaign.
Originally published January 28, 2016.