They are also the same fields where Irvin's son, Michael Jr., has played during the past few high school seasons. Irvin returned recently to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to see his son's team. He spoke to the program, addressing them about a recently played game, what high school football meant to him, the life lessons he learned, what it meant to play in a Super Bowl and how proud he is to be a St. Thomas Aquinas alumnus. He then presented a Wilson Golden Football to head football coach Roger Harriott.
"It's an incredible feeling to see my son play in our old uniforms on our field," Irvin said. "It doesn't get any better than that."
St. Thomas Aquinas High School is one of four high schools in Fort Lauderdale being honored in this program. Fort Lauderdale will receive eight golden footballs, and Florida will receive 218. The state receiving the most golden footballs is California. Top five states include: California (432); Texas (326); Florida (218); Ohio (155); and Pennsylvania (148).