3 February 2012
Steve Weatherford shuns the typical stereotype surrounding punters.
A three-sport athlete in high school, Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes calls his holder the ‘best pound-for-pound’ athlete on New York’s roster.
That athleticism has brought Weatherford back to the state where he excelled in high school playing four sports and setting school records at Terre Haute North.
“I’m so excited,” Weatherford said. “What an opportunity, what a blessing, to do it in pretty much my home town is amazing.”
Born in Crown Point, Indiana, Weatherford lived in Louisiana until the age of 13. His family then moved to Terre Haute where Weatherford starred in high school before accepting a scholarship to the University of Illinois.
Terre Haute has put up a billboard wishing luck to Weatherford and the Giants. Since joining the NFL seven years ago, Weatherford has been active in giving back to the Terre Haute community.
After each game he often packages up little used cleats or other various clothing and equipment items he sees lying around the locker to send them back to Indiana.
“They gave so much to me,” Weatherford said of Terre Haute. “Being from Terre Haute with the poverty level double the state average there’s a lot of people in need, and there’s a lot of good people there that support me there and they were influential in my sports career and my upbringing. To be able to have the opportunity to be put in the position to give back so generously is a no brainer for me.”
On Sunday, Weatherford will have another opportunity to give back by capturing his first Super Bowl Title.
Weatherford said when the Super Bowl 2012 bid was announced years ago for Indianapolis his grandmother said how ‘cool’ it would be to watch her son play just 75 miles away from Terre Haute.
At the time Weatherford laughed off the pipedream but after the Giants have rattled off five in a row to end the regular season and start the playoffs his grandmother’s afterthought is 60 minutes away from becoming a reality.
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