What a blessing..! Extremely honored to receive the "Hometown Hero" Award last night. I wouldn't be in this position if it hadn't been for the many positive influences in my life, and the town that helped mold me. Im always very proud to say I come from BONNE TERRE, MO and I will continue to make you guys proud. #CYOD
It may be the offseason, but Redskins linebacker Will Compton is still receiving awards.
Over the weekend, Compton joined his family as he was presented the Hometown Hero Award for doing something out of the ordinary, given to him by The Bonne Terre, Mo., Chamber of Commerce.
Board of directors member Paul Williams introduced the award to Compton, saying that he “would not describe himself as a hero but as a regular person who has above average perseverance. He had a dream to play in the NFL.”
“He moved to Bonne Terre in 1999 and that is when everything turned around for him,” Williams said jokingly. “He played a little football while he was in high school and he was all conference, all district, and all state and KTJJ/KREI player of the year. Obviously he had some good seasons at North County. It is unusual to have that combination of scholar and athlete, a true scholar and an athlete.”
Compton was in complete shock as he accepted the award and choked up as he reflected on his life growing up.
“We talked about moving here in 1991 and I moved to Bonne Terre in 1999,” said Compton in front of about 180 people. “For a second I want my parents to stand up, mom and dad. The football started in Park Hills where my dad would play with me every day. Sorry to all the Rams fans, but I was a huge Cowboys fan. My first dream was to be the next Walter Payton, but then reality hit pretty quick.
“I have a lot of emotion running through my mind right now,” said Compton. “Doing what I have done and being in a small house in Park Hills, playing … now I’m accepting a Hometown Hero Award. Really I’m up here … accepting this award on behalf of all the influences I have had on my life. I wouldn’t be where I am without this area and my parents. I’m proud to say I’m from Bonne Terre, Missouri, and I’ll continue to make you guys proud.”
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