Sunday, January 24, 2010

Garcon headed to Super Bowl

Former Mount Union wide receiver Pierre Garcon had an AFC Championship game record 11 receptions and 151 yards receiving to help the Indianapolis Colts advance to the Super Bowl after a 30-17 win over the New York Jets.

The 151 yards is a career-high for Garcon who will be playing in the Super Bowl in Miami, FL close to his hometown as he attended high school at Leonard High School in West Palm Beach, FL.

"It's all up to awesome work from the guys ahead of me, like Reggie (Wayne), Gonzo (former Ohio State receiver and Avon Lake native Anthony Gonzalez), all the guys, they just tell me to stay motivated and keep it in there and just play hard, because that's all it about - trying to do it for the country," commented Garcon on the podium with quarterback Peyton Manning accepting the Lamar Hunt Trophy given to the AFC Champions.

It also gave Garcon another chance to show his national pride for Haiti, as Garcon's parents and many of his family members are from the Caribbean nation that was rocked last week by a devastating earthquake. Garcon draped the national flag of Haiti around the Hunt Trophy just before it was presented to the Colts.

His extended Mount Union family and the Alliance community this weekend came together to help raise over $8500 for the Pierre Garcon Hope Project which supports the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission to provide food, shelter and services to those affected by the earthquake.

"All of us are extremely proud of Pierre and all he has accomplished on the football field," stated Mount Union head football coach and director of athletics Larry Kehres. "But I am even more proud of how he is using his position in the community and how our students and Alliance have dedicated themselves to help people in need."

Courtesy of Leonard Reich, Sports Information Director at Mount Union

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