Although several area high schools have alumni who have played in the NFL, very few had the honor of actually playing in a Super Bowl.
However, “Big Play” Willie Clay, a 1988 Graduate of Linsly was able to accomplish just that. Clay spent most of his NFL career with the Detroit Lions. In 1996 however he played in Super Bowl 30 as a member of the New England Patriots.
Clay’s Alma Mater was recently honored to receive a Super Bowl High School Honor Roll Golden Football from the NFL. The commemorative football is given to every high school that graduated a player who was on an active Super Bowl Roster.
“Really a great honor for Willie and our school. Willie was a tremendous individual when he came to our school as a freshman. He had a great athletic career and a great college and pro career as well and we are really proud to accept this award on his behalf,” said Asst. Head Master Terry Depew.
The only other area school to receive a golden football is Weirton Madonna. The late Gene Torsch, who was a 1963 Madonna grad, played for the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 4.