RIPLEY--Super Bowl champions and Ripley High School graduates Kendall Simmons and Jim Miller will present commemorative Wilson Golden Footballs to the Ripley football team on behalf of the NFL's Super Bowl High School Honor Roll program.
Simmons, who played offensive lineman and won two NFL titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2005, 2008) and Miller a punter for the 1981 World Champion San Francisco 49ers, will make the presentation during halftime of tonight's boys' game against Kossuth at the RHS Event Center.
The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll program recognizes players and coaches from the last 49 Super Bowls and their high schools and communities that have positively impacted the game of football, according to a letter from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell received by Ripley Principal Buck Buchanan.
Super Bowl 50 will be played Sunday, February 7.
Ripley also received the NFL Character Education Curriculum, which addresses domestic violence and sexual assault, and became eligible to apply for a grant from the NFL
Foundation to support the school's football program.
Miller is a 1975 Ripley graduate. The barefoot kicker played three seasons at Ole Miss before being taken by the 49ers with the 65th pick of the 1980 NFL draft. He averaged 41.5 yards per punt during San Francisco's title run.
Simmons--RHS class of 1998--was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round (30th) of the 2002 draft after four years at Auburn University. He started 80 games for the Steelers before retiring in 2009, following eight seasons.
The NFL encourages students to post pictures and stories about Friday's festivities on social media and use hashtags #SBHonorRoll and #SB50. Twitter handles are @NFL and @SuperBowl.