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Three San Antonio Football Players Get to the Super Bowl

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The NFL Super Bowl has been good for one local high school – John Jay. Since the news broke that the LA Ram’s No. 83 Josh Reynolds gradated from the Northwest school, media has been flocking to the school’s doors.

It also helps that Reynolds’ mother, Michelle, is an assistant principal there.

Josh Reynolds, a wide receiver for the Rams, graduated from Jay High School where he played football, basketball and ran track. After high school, he played for Tyler Junior College and found his way to Texas A&M University. He was drafted in 2017 by the Rams.

In 2016, an ESPN story said, “Since joining the Aggies in 2014, the San Antonio product has been one of the conference’s most consistent and productive receivers but rarely is his name first off the lips of observers rattling off the (NCAA Southeastern Conference) top pass-catchers.”

In San Antonio –  a city that has produced many top-notch football players, Reynolds’ name is gold.

Malcolm Brown, a graduate of Steele High School in Cibolo, is a running back for the Rams, but he’s on the injured reserve list. He’s been with the Rams since 2015 after playing for the University of Texas.

Ramon Richards graduated from Brackenridge High School in 2014. He played for Oklahoma State and was signed by the Rams last year. He’s on the team’s practice squad.

As the Rams face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl this Sunday, most of the Jay community will be rallying behind its former student. The school is so excited they made a No. 83 jersey for their Mustang mascot.

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Former Longhorn Benson dies

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AUSTIN, Texas — Former NFL and Texas Longhorns running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA history, has died in a motorcycle crash in Texas. He was 36.

Benson’s attorney, Sam Bassett, said Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in the wreck Saturday night. Bassett said he did not have details about what happened.

“Cedric was not just a client, he was my friend,” Bassett said. “He was immensely talented and fierce on the football field, yet most have no idea the difficulties he overcame to achieve what he did. Though imperfect in some respects, once Cedric was your friend you understood how kind, sensitive and loyal he was as a man.”

Benson was one of the top high school recruits out of the West Texas town of Midland. According to Texas Football magazine, he is eighth on the career rushing list for Texas high schools. He led Midland Lee to three straight state championships, the only three in school history, from 1998 to 2000.

He then went on to be a key player in the Longhorns’ resurgence under coach Mack Brown. Benson played at Texas from 2001 to ’04, and his 5,540 yards ranks second at the university behind Ricky Williams’ total and ninth in NCAA history. He scored 64 career touchdowns with the Longhorns and won the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back, in 2004.

He was the only player in school history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in four seasons and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Honor in 2014.

Brown and Williams took to social media to pay tribute to Benson after learning of his death.

Tom Herman, the current coach at Texas, also expressed his condolences.

“It’s an unbelievably sad day with the news of the passing of Cedric Benson,” Herman said in a statement. “We lost a true Longhorn Legend, one of the best running backs in college football history and a really special man. He was far too young, and my heart aches for his family, friends and the entire Longhorn community. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.”

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BIG3 Skips San Antonio

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On July 19, 2019 the Big3 announced that a brand new major basketball festival will be taking place in Dallas, TX on August, 17th, the day the league was scheduled to play in San Antonio. It is my understanding that this is the third season the BIG3 has skipped San Antonio.

It is unfortunate that ticket holders like myself had to find out through individual sources and Facebook that the game was canceled. So, in the event you are a Big3 ticket holder and was not aware that the San Antonio games have been canceled, it is a fact. If you purchased your tickets through Ticketmaster online you will want to follow up on your refund by calling the Ticketmaster Fan Support line.

The “New” Basketball Festival is supposed to include additional events throughout the entire weekend to included musical performances by rappers T.I. and Yella Beezy. The festival is also set to feature all six weekly games on one day at American Airlines Center with fans being able to watch six games with just one ticket and experience a series of Young3 clinics for area youth throughout the weekend, with player meet and greets for fans.

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The Legend Returns

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SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs on Monday announced that Will Hardy and Tim Duncan will be added to Gregg Popovich’s bench as assistant coaches.

Hardy first joined the Spurs as a basketball operations intern in 2010 after graduating from Williams College.

“Will Hardy is a talented, young basketball mind who has earned a great deal of respect from everyone in the organization thanks to his knowledge, spirit and personality,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich.

Duncan, a 1997 Wake Forest graduate, played 19 seasons with the Spurs before retiring in the summer of 2016.

“It is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor,” said Popovich.

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