For Colledge, it was a balmy break from where he grew up: a place called North Pole.
Colledge recently returned home to North Pole, Alaska, and North Pole High School as part of the NFL's Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. Colledge attended a rally, addressed the football team and student body on 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 North Pole alumnus. He then presented a Wilson Golden Football to the school.
"I'm proud of this community, I'm proud to say I'm from North Pole. I want them to know that too," Colledge said.
As part of the nationwide Super Bowl 50 celebration, the NFL launched the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll initiative recognizing schools and communities that contributed to Super Bowl history and positively impacted the game of football. High schools across the nation, and around the world, will receive a commemorative Wilson Golden Football for every player or head coach who graduated from their school and was on an active Super Bowl roster.
Nearly 3,000 players and head coaches, and more than 2,000 high schools, will be recognized. Players and coaches will also have the opportunity to personally deliver golden footballs. North Pole High School is one of two high schools in Alaska being honored in this program.
Alaska will receive two golden footballs. The state receiving the most golden footballs is California. Top five states include: California (432); Texas (326); Florida (218); Ohio (155); and Pennsylvania (148).