When Cedartown takes the field, their silver helmets will be new and shiny thanks to Chubb and Xenith, a manufacturer of sports equipment. The whole team -- all 62 members of the squad -- get a new helmet for the upcoming season.
Kelley was thankful for the donation, and also added his high hopes for Chubb’s future at the Cleveland Browns.
“I think by the end of the season, people aren’t going to be saying ‘that man from Georgia’ but instead ‘that man from Cedartown,’” Kelley said. “That’s what I want them to say. I want them to Cedartown, Georgia because he’s made Cedartown proud.”
Before that, Chubb got to present an honor of his own. When Hendrix was the coach and after he got recruited at Georgia, he had made a promise to name an award after his then senior running back for Cedartown’s black and red.
“He’d already gotten every award we could give out on the team, and so many more,” Hendrix said. “So I told him if he did well at Georgia, I’d name an award after him.”
Chubb’s old football coach got to keep that promise he made and the first presentation of the award was made to honor a Bulldog who is on track to have the same kind of success as the now NFL rookie.
Tony Mathis measured up to the guidelines Chubb laid out with characteristics like selflessness and the ability to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. He was presented with a plaque to take home, and Hendrix showed off one that will hang at Cedartown High School for all to see.
“It made me feel special, it made me want to cry that’s how special it is,” Mathis said after receiving the award. “It’s a big honor, and I thank him so much and the whole Cedartown community.”
Additionally, Chubb was honored by two local officials with resolutions for his accomplishments on and off the field both during his time in Cedartown, and later in Athens. Cedartown City Commissioner Matt Foster pointed toward Chubb’s positive character and great play as a stellar example that puts Cedartown on the map.
State Rep. Trey Kelley also presented a resolution passed by the legislature honoring Chubb and his accomplishments as well.
Chubb, taken by the Browns early in the second round of this year’s Draft, still considers Cedartown home.
ABOVE: Future Lady Bulldogs took a crack at swinging practice during last week’s softball camp. RIGHT: Players practiced techniques of getting close to the ground to make a good catch at a softball camp last week.
Former Cedartown Bulldog Nick Chubb gave the first ever award in his name to current Senior Tony Mathis, a running back for the red and black.
Players got to try on their new helmets following the awards ceremony thanks to a donation made possible by NFL rookie Nick Chubb and Xenith, a sports equipment manufacturer.
Nick Chubb and Bulldogs head coach Doyle Kelley revealed new helmets donated by the NFL rookie for use by his former football team.