COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - An NFL athlete with a 15-year career in the pros came back to his alma mater on Friday.
Mack Strong, who was the Seahawks' team captain in Super Bowl XL, visited Brookstone on Jan. 29 with one of the NFL's golden footballs. He led the Seahawks to the team's first ever trip to the NFL's big game.
Strong presented the football to current Cougars players, who are sons of his Brookstone teammates from 1987 when he led the Cougars to the state title game.
He also spoke about his Super Bowl experience from a decade ago.
"Ever since I started watching Super Bowls, one of things that always stood out to me was just a thousand flashes on that first kickoff," Strong said. "On the first kickoff you see everybody in the stands trying to savor that moment. It wasn't lost on me on the sidelines. I just remember soaking that in like, 'I'm really in the Super Bowl. This is really happening.' But you can't get too lost in that because you go out and get hit in the mouth. But it was a great memory, just a great memory for me to know that all the hard work and the sacrifices over the years, it was really paying off at that moment."
During his visit, he also shared words of inspiration for the Cougars and every other aspiring football player from the Columbus area.