Rams receiver Khadarel Hodge goes from tiny hometown in Mississippi to the Big Game

The Big Game
Straight_out_of_Dlo_1_20190131232726-842162548

The Super Bowl is coming up this Sunday. People are planning viewing parties and loading up on chicken wings.

Walt Grayson of WJTV, the CBS affiliate station in Jackson, Mississippi says Super Bowl Fever has hit close to home in a big way in the tiny Mississippi town of D’lo. Population 400.

Walt explains it’s because of a special D’lo resident:

“Okay, so I get this puzzling phone call from my friend John Henry Berry, the Mayor of D’lo. He says if the Rams win the Super Bowl they’re having a parade in D’lo. So, I asked him why.”

‘Because of Michelle,’ he said.

Having a puzzled look on my face, John Henry went on to explain,

‘Michelle is Khadarel Hodge, number 11 for the Los Angeles Ram’s mother.’

Now, I’m talking to Michelle. I say, Hey Michelle, and exchange pleasantries. I ask her to tell me about her son–I know you’re awfully proud of him, I told her.

‘I am so overwhelmed about him. He is doing exactly what he said he was gonna do. What he wanted to do. What he always dreamed of doing. Playing football, but to go all the way to the Super Bowl.’

I asked her–Where did he play here?

‘Mendenhall High School. On to college he went to Alcorn State and then he went to Hinds but then he graduated from Prairie View. It was a few months after he graduated he came back and told us that the Rams had called him.’

The fact that he wasn’t in the draft didn’t let that stop him from living his dream.

“No sir, it didn’t.”

So Mom planned on being at the game and taking Khadarel’s older brother, Gerrell, along. Gerrell is excited because he wanted to go to see his favorite team playing in the Super Bowl.

‘Me and his oldest brother Gerrell were going because Gerrell is a true Patriots fan.’

Wait a minute. What?? I asked Michelle.

‘Gerrell is a true Patriots fan. Gerrell is a true Patriots Fan, Patriots fan.’

And here I was, thinking  living in a State/Ole Miss house was tough.

But we have a home town player from D’lo in the Super Bowl Sunday. D’lo may have a parade if the Rams win. But the most pleased person of the day may be big brother Gerrell. If the Rams win his brother gets a Super Bowl ring. If not his team, the Patriots win. Either way is a good day for him.”

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Sports Video

More Sports Videos

 

Barnesville High School

Beallsville High School

Beaver Local High School

Bellaire High School

Bridgeport High School

Brooke High School

Buckeye Local High School

Buckeye Trail High School

Caldwell High School

Cambridge High School

Cameron High School

Clay-Battelle High School

Conotton Valley High School

East Liverpool High School

Edison High School

Fort Frye High School

Harrison Central High School

Hundred High School

Indian Creek High School

John Marshall High School

Linsly High School

Magnolia High School

Martins Ferry High School

Meadowbrook High School

Monroe Central High School

Morgantown High School

Oak Glen High School

Paden City High School

Parkersburg High School

Parkersburg Catholic High School

Parkersburg South High School

River High School

St. Clairsville High School

Shadyside High School

Shenandoah High School

Steubenville High School

Steubenville Catholic Central High School

Toronto High School

Tyler Consolidated High School

Union Local High School

University High School

Valley High School

Weir High School

Weirton Madonna High School

Wellsville High School

Wheeling Central High School

Wheeling Park High School

Ohio Lottery

Don't Miss

Trending Stories

More Top News

WTRF 7News Twitter

12SportsZone Twitter