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Busy weekend for busy man

Albany-- Being in the NFL, Albany native Deion Branch is used to living by a daily itinerary. But the Super Bowl 39 MVP could have never imagined that he'd have to stick to one when he returned to his hometown.

Branch on a strict schedule Friday, just hours after coming back to Albany for a weekend packed full of speaking engagements and culminating with his induction into the Albany Sports Hall of Fame Monday night.

Branch's first stop Friday was at Dougherty Middle school where he talked to the students about the importance of setting goals and working hard to achieve them.

The Monroe High product, who will be honored with a parade Saturday, says he hopes his recent success will show local youths that they too can make a name for themselves.

"For me to just think about all the stuff that's been happening for me, I'm very thankful. I thank God for blessing me with the opportunity for me to go out and I can lead and show younger kids that coming from Albany you can be successful," Branch said.

Branch will have another busy day Saturday. After throwing out the first pitch at a softball game at ASU in the morning he'll head downtown to begin the festivities for the parade that will be held in his honor.

Posted by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com