Ridley, Rogers honored at Sports Center

Published 11:33 am Thursday, March 29, 2007

Two Miss-Lou football players and their championship teams will be immortalized forever, at least in one place.

In its longstanding tradition, Sports Center on Seargent S. Prentiss Drive placed framed jerseys of Trinity Episcopal’s Stevan Ridley and Franklin County’s Gary Rogers on the wall of its store Wednesday, alongside other jerseys from past Miss-Lou championship teams.

Rogers said he was honored to be among the many jerseys on that wall.

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“It’s going to be really exciting to see my jersey up there,” he said. “It makes me feel like a superstar.”

Ridley said it was a bit surreal to find himself on the wall of a store he’s been visiting his entire life.

“It’s a great way to finish out my high school career,” he said. “I’ve been coming to this store since I was a little kid. I’ve bought everything from underwear to baseball cleats here.”

Ridley’s jersey was also placed directly alongside that of his brother’s. Chad Ridley was a member of Trinity Episcopal’s 2001 state championship team.

“When you think that there have only been five (football) state championships in the history of this town, and my brother and I were part of two of them, that’s a good feeling,” Ridley said. “Hopefully I can continue winning at another championship program (LSU).”

Ridley, a running back, signed a scholarship with LSU last month, and Rogers, a linebacker, signed with Copiah-Lincoln Community College.