Fairview High joins in on NFL Draft festivities with Huddle to Fight Hunger


Fairview High joins in on NFL Draft festivities with Huddle to Fight Hunger

BY CORY WOODROOF

After a job well done in raising food for a good cause, Fairview High School got to bask in a little bit of the NFL Draft limelight, all while still doing a job well done for a good cause.

The Yellow Jackets descended on Nissan Stadium Wednesday morning to participate in the NFL Huddle to Fight Hunger event held in conjunction with the 2019 NFL Draft.

The school won the Nashville & Middle Tennessee High School Football Food Drive Competition, which granted the admission to bag food for Second Harvest Food Bank with notable draft prospects and experience a little bit of the draft fever during the school day.

“The biggest thing is that our kids got to experience this, being around [the draft prospects],” Fairview football coach Chris Hughes said. “For us to bring in that much food and really work hard to get this, compete. Our kids know when they compete, they try to win at whatever, so we won the [food drive]. We got to come here. It’s a great experience.”

Hughes was complimentary of the effort the Tennessee Titans organization does in the preps community.

“It means a lot,” Fairview student athlete Jackson Clevenger said of the event. “I’m glad I get to help out in the community, to be a part of this. It means something special. I’m just happy to be here, and happy to help.”

NFL draft prospects Cody Ford (offensive tackle, Oklahoma), D.J. Metcalf (wide receiver, Ole Miss), Greedy Williams (cornerback, LSU) and Deandre Baker (cornerback, Georgia) pitched in with the Fairview students on the assembly line, as did Titans mascot T-RAC.

“The Huddle for 100 event was awesome,” Ford said. “[It’s a] great way to come in and work with some people from the community, just doing a great thing with that idea. I hope the best for it.”

Williams shared his enjoyment of spending the morning with Fairview.

“Just talking to the kids,” Williams said of what he enjoyed with the event. “I had one kid talking to me about how he played corner, and he knew who I was. And he was like, ‘I just want to go to college.’ I said, ‘Whoever gives you the opportunity, you take advantage of that opportunity. One day, you could be here.'”

The NFL’s Huddle for 100 initiative aims to spread community involvement for all NFL fans in the league by encouraging everyone to pitch in 100 minutes of service to reach a 100 million minutes marker in honor of the league’s 100th year.

“It’s a pretty surreal moment,” Fairview’s Connor Lindsey said of the day, “Especially to come here, help out, give food to people and be at the draft at the same time.”

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