SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - At Vancleave High, Chris White is featured this week in the student newspaper. The halls are buzzing with excitement. White's coach, Jim Bloomfield, knew he was something special.
"He was just one of those kids that had the natural ability to tackle. I would say that about Chris. Once he decided that football was where he wanted to go, he really started paying attention to the weight room and to his diet and got big and strong," Bloomfield recalled.
White also left a powerful message behind for students, according to the coach.
"Even though you come from a small town or a small high school, you can play big time ball and you can get noticed," said Bloomfield.
Current football players agree. One of them is Clint Davis.
"It gives Vancleave something, and we can get looked at by people now. A lot of people think that Vancleave is just this little school, but we can produce people that can play in the Super Bowl like that," Davis said.
At D'Iberville High, students and faculty are just as pumped up and proud that Kevin Norwood has not forgotten his past. Cheryle Broadus is the principal.
"He's one of those students, a unique individual that comes back and gives to his community. It's not uncommon to see Kevin at Warrior ballgames. He's very instrumental in instilling pride with our children," Broadus said.
Norwood's former teachers were believers from the start. One of them is Matthew Elias.
"Even after high school, with all the academic awards and excelling on the football field, it really speaks volumes, and we're certainly proud of him. He was always the life of the classroom," Elias recalled.
For current players on the Warrior and Bulldog football teams, these players know that dreams can be achieved. All they have to look at is the two former players and what they have accomplished. Just see what player Peyton Stenum had to say.
"I'm really, really close to Kevin. It's amazing that one of us made it to the National Football League and it kind of keeps all of us in check," Stenum said.
Everyone at the two schools will be checking out the action on the field in three days.
You can watch the two former Coast players when Super Bowl XLIX kicks off Sunday evening at 5:30.