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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.

/ Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

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.

/ Kevin Myrick

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.

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