Presentation for 50th anniversary of Super Bowl

Former Havelock High standout Guy Whimper returned to the field where he got his start, presenting a special gift to the school at halftime of Friday night’s playoff game.

On behalf of the NFL, Whimper presented the school with a golden football, marking the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl.

The NFL is recognizing more than 2,000 high schools that produced a player who played in the Super Bowl as part of its Super Bowl High School Honor Roll.

Whimper is a 2001 Havelock High graduate and was part of the New York Giants’ winning Super Bowl team in 2008.

“It means a lot,” Whimper said of returning to the school. “Coming back here, this is where it all started. Havelock is a great city, and this is where it began.”

Whimper presented the golden football to Principal Jeff Murphy and former coach Wilbur Sasser.

“Coach Sasser instilled a lot of stuff in me that I still carry with me, in the NFL and in life,” Whimper said.

Whimper signed with East Carolina and started on the offensive line. He was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Giants in 2006 and was a member of the Giants team that defeated the New England Patriots 17-14 to win the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, 2008.

“It’s great just to know my name will always be linked to the Lombardi Trophy,” Whimper said. “It’s in the trophy case, and just to see your name engraved on it, it can’t get any better than that.”

Whimper played for the Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers during his eight-year NFL career that included catching a touchdown pass against the Green Bay Packers in 2012.