Three members of the San Francisco 49ers played their high school football, right here in Northeast Ohio. Two of the Niners played for legendary coach Ted Ginn, Sr. at Glenville High. Pro Bowl safety Donte Whitner, and Ginn's son, return specialist Ted Ginn Jr.
The elder Ginn is in New Orleans to support the kids, and to take a deep breath and give thanks for surviving a very tough medical ordeal.
Ginn had a benign tumor removed from his body and has not been coaching at the high school. Two months in the hospital can test even the toughest of individuals. He is pointing towards returning to the sidelines, but has not stopped counting his blessings. He told FOX 8 News, "That's Gods work. I was sick awhile and he sent me thanks. I am blessed. It's a miracle to be here and I am thankful. Life is good."
Ginn, Sr. is celebrating seeing the two Tarblooders get ready to play in a game that is a huge dream for many young men. "I am excited for them and the city of Cleveland, for the school board, and for our community, and I am hopeful they can be an example for others," said Ginn.
Ginn has keyed the success of the Glenville High School football program and knows when kids achieve great things, coming from humble backgrounds, they can be a great example for others. But Ginn knows all success comes from hard work and an attitude of success. "We have unwanted kids in our program, but we expect our kids to make a success of their lives. It's not all about football."
Glenville has sent countless young men from the school on St. Clair to colleges all over America, and many have filtered into the professional ranks. Each day that Ginn can impact a young person's life is a winning day. It's good to know that this man with such a positive outlook can continue his work.
Former St. Edward talent Alex Boone is also on the Niners, and in fact, was named as a first alternate for the Pro Bowl.
The San Francisco 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. It won't be hard to see Ginn on Sunday. He will be the one beaming from ear to ear in the stands at the Superdome.