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'Hall of Famer" plaque will inspire Central High students

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     Its fair to say none of the students at Central High School in Tuscaloosa were born when former Pittsburgh Steeler, John Stallworth was making a name for himself.

     Stallworth graduated from the former Central High which was called Tuscaloosa High School.

     He returned to the school today.  Some students read up on his story before the assembly.

     "He can help a lot of people see what they can do no matter where they come from also," said Central High football player, Fletcher Wilder.

     In short, Stallworth played in four Super Bowls and is now part owner of the Steelers.  His message is to get students to defy the odds.  When he played at the former Central, he says they won about one game a year.  But, he tells the story of a frog stuck in deep hole.  "The frogs on top of the hole kept saying you might as well give up, you will not make it out of that hole.  And finally, that frog jumped out of the hole."

    Students say they're inspired.  "Just to have this role model and to give us encouragement to do better things," said Central Senior Danisha Little.

    A plaque provided by Allstate will be mounted at Central High School to remind students of the 'Hall of Famer's accomplishments.

    "You know you have the feeling of wanting to give up , so you can look at the plaque in the hallway and just be motivated."

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