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4/17/08-Henderson

NY Jet Coleman Supporting His Hometown Community

You can take the football star out of East Texas, but you can never take the East Texas out of the football star.

Henderson graduate and New York Jets cornerback Drew Coleman is back on his old stomping ground spreading good will this week.

Thursday morning, Drew signed autographs and brought some smiles for the folks at Southwood Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

"My grandmother, she would say always respect your elders and if you can, make their day," Drew said, "because they've been through a lot, and try and change someone's life even if it's just through a little autograph signing or just a couple of minutes that you spend with them."

Drew has spent two seasons with the Jets. After spending time in the concrete jungle of New York City, Drew said it's good to be home.

"The hardest part is being in Brooklyn and Manhattan, because once you get there you kind of lose track of the time," Drew laughed. "I hardly ever go to Manhattan because it's the city that never sleeps. People are walking around so much at five or six in the morning, you won't even know it's nighttime."

"It's good to come home and feel the family's love and also see my little girl and my son."

It's in Henderson Drew feels the most at ease. It is afterall his hometown. Despite his success in the NFL, he is not forgetting the East Texas town that supported him on Friday nights. He's also not forgetting the next generation of Henderson Lions.

This weekend Drew will host a benefit car show.  He has invited several other East Texans that are former or current players in the NFL.The guest list includes New York Giant and John Tyler graduate Aaron Ross and former Green Bay Packer Terence Murphy of Chapel Hill. In all, players from eight NFL teams were invited. Proceeds from the event will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Rusk County.

"That's something that I didn't have growing up," Drew said. "So I'd do anything to benefit the Boys and Girls Club. It keeps kids out of trouble with nothing much going on in Henderson. Just keeping them positive."

"There is something you can bring as far as motivation and keeping them on the right path."



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