On Friday, Nov. 6, starting at 2 p.m., Super Bowl XXIX winner Klaus Wilmsmeyer will return to his alma mater to present the Lorne Park Secondary School Spartans football program with a gold NFL football.
The NFL is celebrating Super Bowl 50 by sending gold commemorative Wilson footballs to every high school that has produced a player who has appeared in a Super Bowl, an initiative they have dubbed The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. Wilmsmeyer will be delivering Lorne Park's football personally.
Wilmsmeyer graduated from Lorne Park Secondary School in 1988, and accepted a full scholarship to the University of Louisville as a punter. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1992, where he played for three years, winning Super Bowl XXIX in the process. Wilmsmeyer spent the following two seasons with the New Orleans Saints and then wrapped up his career as a Miami Dolphin, retiring in 1998.
Lorne Park has produced dozens of CIS, NCAA and CFL players over the years, but Wilmsmeyer is the only Spartans player to make it a Super Bowl. In 2014, the Baltimore Ravens drafted Lorne Park's Brent Urban, a defensive end out of the University of Virginia.
The Lorne Park Spartans have won back-to-back provincial championships, and are currently ranked 6th in the country with an undefeated record. They will host either the St. Marcellinus Spirit, or the St. Marguerite d'Youville Panthers in the Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association (ROPSSAA) semi-finals on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015.
The NFL released this Super Bowl High School Honor Roll video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34t3pFIRUQw. For more information, contact Ben Grant, offensive coordinator of the Lorne Park Spartans, by email at [email protected]