GROVETON, TX (KTRE) - Super Bowl Champion Lane Johnson is giving back to his home town school.
Thanks to Johnson’s help, the Groveton Indian football program was recently awarded a $5,000 grant through the NFL’s Super Bowl grant program.
“They said they wanted it to go to player safety,” Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Richard Steubing said. "That was really nice for hime to do this for his hometown school.
The money will be used for helmet re-certification. Nation wide standards suggest that helmets get re-certified once every two years. Standards also suggest that the helmets only be used for 10 years. The current varsity helmets at Groveton have been used for three seasons.
“I’ve got two sons that play and you want to make sure every kid has on safe equipment and there is the least amount of chance for injury,” Steubing said. "That is the main thing, you want those kids safe. "
Steubing said the $5,000 would pay for all the helmets in the district’s program to get the re-certification and for additional helmets to be purchased if needed.
“For him to want to do that we are appreciative,” Steubing said. "To be a small school and have Lane Johnson who won a Super Bowl and Rodney Thomas come out of here and have a great career and went to a Super Bowl is big. Some schools don’t have anybody and for Groveton to have two is a neat deal. "