Atlanta Public Schools presented Golden Football from NFL Alum

This morning at Atlanta Public Schools headquarters | the Center for Learning and Leadership Auditorium former Super Bowl participant and APS alum William Judson presented APS Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen with a golden football as a part of the NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll initiative.

Judson, a Sylvan High School graduate of 1978, played eight seasons all with the Miami Dolphins from 1982-89. Sylvan is now a middle school, but the house of learning helped steer Judson to NFL fame.

With the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl being celebrated this season, the NFL created an initiative in which any player who ever played in a Super Bowl can request a golden football to present to their former high school to show gratitude to the community and teachers that helped guide them and so many others to successful careers.

Upon graduating from Sylvan, Judson attended South Carolina State and was drafted in the eighth round of the 1981 NFL draft, 208th overall. Over his career, Judson amassed 24 interceptions and helped the Dolphins to Super Bowl XVII in 1983 and XIX in ’85, Miami losing both games.

Judson was not the only former player or coach honored. Richard Dent, Bucky Dilts, Jamal Lewis, Earthwind Moreland, Frank Pitts, Reggie Wilkes, Carlton Williamson and Sam Wyche all heard their name called.

Moreland played in Super Bowl XXXIV with the New England Patriots in 2004. The former cornerback attended Grady High School before starring at Georgia Southern. In 2014 he returned to his alma mater and has led the Knights to a 12-10 record over two seasons including a 7-5 mark this year with the program’s first state playoff appearance since 2012.

The golden football awarded to Dr. Carstarphen will be displayed in the district wide trophy case for guests to view.

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