By Marty Farmer
Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott returned to his high school alma mater, Lyons Township, on Saturday, Feb. 17.
LTHS honored the recently-minted Super Bowl champion with a framed photo of him as a high school, college (Memphis) and professional kicker.
Elliott kicked three field goals and made two of three extra points in the Eagles' 41-33 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. Elliott's 11 points included a pair of fourth-quarter field goals (42, 46 yards) to help fend off the Patriots' repeated rallies.
The Western Springs native spoke with the LTHS boys basketball players before a 71-66 loss to Glenbard West in the Lions' annual "blackout" game. He also cheered for the team from the press box during the game. Senior guard Tyrese Shines led LTHS in scoring with 23 points against Glenbard West.
In addition to being an All-State kicker, Elliot excelled as singles player in tennis at LTHS.
"Jake is a great person, very humble and kind," LTHS football coach Kurt Weinberg said earlier this year. "Great things do happen to great people. The football program, school and community are so proud of him. What a great felling at LT."