It was a special day on the campus of Saginaw High Friday, as arguably the most high profile alumnus in school history was honored.
National Football League linebacker Lamarr Woodley was back at his alma mater, being honored for his generous donations over the year.
The Oakland Raiders defensive end received the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the National Honor Society. Saginaw High School students say Woodley's accolades encourage their academic exploration.
Woodley handed out awards to this year's NHS inductees, including to the school's valedictorian who is walking in the pro player's footsteps.
Since graduating from Saginaw High School 11 years ago, Woodley has given more than $60 thousand to Saginaw area schools and purchased uniforms for Saginaw High School's cheerleaders.
Woodley says he's just proud of his local roots.
"Never forget where you come from. I tell people I'm from Saginaw and I'm coming right back," says Woodley.
Woodley will be a little further away from home this upcoming season. After spending 7 years in Pittsburgh, he signed a free-agent contract with the Oakland Raiders in the off season.
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Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:11:15 GMT
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