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Former D'Iberville football player competes in Super Bowl XLIX

The Waites' family preparing to cheer on Kevin Norwood (Image Source: WLOX News) The Waites' family preparing to cheer on Kevin Norwood (Image Source: WLOX News)
The Waites' home was decked on in Norwood gear for the big game (Image Source: WLOX News) The Waites' home was decked on in Norwood gear for the big game (Image Source: WLOX News)
WOOLMARKET, MS (WLOX) -

Of the 52 players on the Seattle Seahawks roster, one of them is from right here in South Mississippi. Kevin Norwood is a D'Iberville High School graduate, and Sunday night, he took the biggest stage in sports with his teammates at Super Bowl XLIX.

For the Waites family, this year's big game was just a little more exciting than those in the past, because they knew Norwood would be on the field.

“He is almost like a son. I've told him before it's kind of like the son I never had, because I have two daughters. With us being able to keep up with him, it's kind of like we're being able to live a lot of the stuff he lives through him,” said Rusty Waites.

Rusty coached Norwood when he played for D'Iberville High School. Norwood went on to play football at the University of Alabama. It was a transition that was a little tough for the high school star.

“He says, ‘I'm thinking about coming home.' It's like no, you're not coming home. So, it was just a big transition for him to make that step from a small town in a small school to go somewhere like the University of Alabama,” said Rusty.

Norwood persevered and went on to get drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. For the Waites gang, that was one of the most exciting moments in Norwood's career, until this season's NFC championship game.

“I don't know how many laps I made in the living room, but all I was hollering is, ‘Kevin's going to the Super Bowl! Kevin's going to the Super Bowl,' and it's just a surreal deal,” said Rusty.

Just one year into his NFL career, Norwood was a part of history by playing in Super Bowl XLIX. Even though the Waites couldn't be in Arizona with him, they were cheering him on from their home in D'Iberville and wishing him all the best.

“Well, I always get emotional and he gets mad. You know, as a lady, I always cry, but I'm just proud of him and love him. If he gets to play, okay, but if not, he is still a winner in my heart,” said Angie Waites.

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