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Super Bowl Bound Moss Teaches Lessons Off the Field

RAND, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Eastern Kanawha County native Randy Moss is Super Bowl bound once again -- this time with the San Fransciso 49'ers.

Some of his best work on the field helped get the team there and will be showcased on football's biggest stage. But perhaps some of his most important work is being done in the area where he grew up.

The DuPont High School Grad continues to give back in quiet ways throughout his community. From computers to holiday food drives to coming back and coaching at a three-week summer football camp, his contributions are showing community members the power of giving back.

"He shows them you can go out, be successful, come back, and give back a little bit," explained DuPont Middle School Principal Tommy Canterbury.

The middle school is now housed in the old high school. Moss's awards are still in the trophy cases, and his pictures still hang on the walls. Canterbury said when Moss came back to help coach, he just took over a dream for the young players who say they were nervous to show Moss their talents.

Even though they were were learning from one of the best, when you ask the students who he coached during that three-week summer camp what they took away -- football is not the first thing they will tell you.

"Family and friends come first," Mark Scites said. "It's not about football, it's not always about sports. Family and friends come first, and when they need you you can give back."

"Stay good on the field and off," Evan Baria said.

"To stay humble," explained Collin Pierce, who went to Atlanta for the NFC Championship game in Atlanta Sunday night to watch Moss play. "When you are humble, you are focused. You are not making mistakes."

"The trio of players is hoping that Super Bowl 47 is the year for Randy Moss.

Well, if this is his last year, I hope he walks off with a Superbowl trophy," Scites said.

"I hope he wins, gets the ring, and he can say he finally got the ring," Pierce said.

Moss, who played football at Marshall University, has often said that he went to school at "Rand University." It's a tongue-and-cheek term for the area where people hang out in the Eastern Kanawha County town of Rand near the 7-Eleven.

Now there are T-shirts representing the "university" are on sale.

Proceeds go to CJKB Infinity Sports, Inc., a non-profit organization that holds free sports camps for children in Charleston.

If you would like more information about ordering them, send an email to rushirts@yahoo.com.


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