March 4, 2004
Albany - The last month has been a blur for New England wide receiver Deion Branch since he won MVP honors at Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville.
The Albany native has been flying all over the country making all kinds of appearances on behalf the NFL and the Super Bowl Champion Patriots.
One month after the Patriots Super Bowl win, Deion Branch finally able to return to his hometown and his alma mater as Monroe High once again honoring their most famous graduate.
Last year, Monroe retired Deion's high school jersey but this year's program was just as moving. Deion told his audience to that his road to Super Bowl stardom was not easy.
Branch reminded the students in his audience that his failure to maintain his grades his senior year at Monroe cost him a chance to play football at the University of Florida and that he hoped his experience would be a lesson to all students to put academics first.
But that is what makes coming home so special for Deion Branch.
After talking about his Super Bowl heroics with the likes of Jay Leno and Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, Deion is glad to share the moment with those who know what it took for him to get to the NFL.
Deion Branch said "I am excited about going different places but just to come back home and the support that I have been getting from the family here and all my friends and everybody here. It is a little bit different because they knew what I went through growing up and they were a part of all of that."
Deion Branch will be back in Albany in April when the city will honor him on April 23rd and he will be inducted into the Albany Sports Hall of Fame on April 25th.
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