(WBBM Newsradio) Seven years ago as a high school junior, Jake Elliott kicked in a football game for the first time.
On Sunday, he’ll be kicking for the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52.READ MORE: Man Says Van Was Stolen With 3-Year-Old Daughter Inside In West Rogers Park
He has plenty of fans at Lyons Township High School, where coaches discovered him. Students and teachers gathered today to honor their famous alum.
The school hoped to pose 1,000 people at the 50-yard line of Bennett Field Stadium, but the cold weather prompted organizers to move the 100 people they had inside. They chanted “Fly, Eagles, fly” for the cameras — and for Elliott.READ MORE: Two Simeon High School Students, Both 15, Killed In Shootings Four Hours Apart
Elliott played tennis before Lyons Township assistant football coach Jason Brauer discovered his kicking ability.
He says Elliott is a natural as a kicker and has worked hard to improve.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: High Waves, Dangerous Conditions Along Lakefront
“He’s devoted his time to it, and it’s paid off,” Brauer says.