Northumberland High School receives
Golden Football in recognition of John M. Jett’s participation in Super Bowls
In recognition of the Super Bowl’s 50th anniversary, the NFL is “celebrating the players and coaches of the past 49 Super Bowls and their high schools and communities that have positively impacted our great game,” according to a release from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Nearly 3,000 players and head coaches, and more than 2,000 high schools will be recognized.”
Among those 2,000 were 21 in Virginia, including one in the Northern Neck and another in the Middle Peninsula.
Northumberland High School now displays a Golden Football honoring former NHS player John M. Jett. NHS principal Dr. Travis Burns on February 8 presented Jett the golden Wilson football trophy during a school board meeting. The trophy and an accompanying plaque with Jett’s name on it will be displayed in the trophy case at NHS.
“Northumberland High School once again thanks you Mr. Jett for being a great role model for our community and our student athletes,” said Dr. Burns.
Jett, who lives near Miskimon, grew up in Reedville and graduated from Northumberland in 1987 before heading to East Carolina University. Despite being unrecruited, Jett walked on and made the team, punting for four years for the Pirates.
Jett was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 1992, but was released and signed by the Dallas Cowboys in 1993. He earned two Super Bowl rings with the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVIII and Super Bowl XXX.
During his tenure with Dallas, Jett led the NFL in punts inside the 20-yard line for four straight seasons.
He joined the Detroit Lions in 1997 and left the NFL in 2003, when he returned home to the Northern Neck. Jett is a former member of the Northumberland school board.
Mathews County High School also will display a Golden Football in honor of MHS graduate Stuart Anderson, who played professional football with the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns.
Anderson played at the University of Virginia before being drafted in 1982 by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers, 24-10, in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Curtesy of the Rappahannock Record.