Norman Kellum, a local attorney, has generously helped the Havelock Rams purchase state championship rings each of the past three years.


Norman Kellum, a local attorney, has generously helped the Havelock Rams purchase state championship rings each of the past three years.



Havelock head football coach Jim Bob Bryant and star running back Derrell Scott showed their appreciation Tuesday morning at Bakers’ Kitchen in New Bern.



They gave Kellum a 2012 state championship ring and a signed helmet by the Rams’ three Most Valuable Players in the state championship game in December – Scott (MVP), quarterback Travis Sabdo (Havelock Outstanding Offensive Player) and linebacker Andrew Ramirez (Havelock Outstanding Defensive Player).



“The law firm helped them get their championship rings last year, and we are going to help them again this year,” Kellum said. “They gave me a ring from last year, and I am very proud of that.”



Kellum is a 1955 graduate of New Bern High School, and played football for the Bears. Since 2007, Kellum and his law firm have assisted in helping five area state football championship teams purchase rings.



New Bern won in 2007 and 2013, and Havelock claimed titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013.



“These guys, nowadays, are so much better than we were,” Kellum said. “It’s a great pleasure to watch them and read about them and see their success.”



The Rams beat Concord 21-13 in December for their third championship in a row. The rings have already been sized and ordered.



The rings are expected to be delivered in March.



“Mr. Kellum, and his law firm, do a great job helping out, not only us, but New Bern too,” Bryant said. “They are really generous and helped our program out a lot. It says a lot about Mr. Kellum, and his organization, and about Craven County in general. That’s a really big deal for us.”



Scott, who recently signed to play at the University of Tennessee, said he appreciates everything the law firm did to help the team get their jewelry.



Kellum’s law firm bought state championship T-shirts and sweatshirts for the players to sell to raise money for the rings.



“This is great. It’s what we worked hard for, all year long, to win a state championship,” Scott said. “Generous people, like Mr. Kellum, and their organization, to help us get our rings, it means a lot.”



Adam Thompson is a reporter for the Sun Journal.