Former NFL running back Greg Hawthorne will visit Polytechnic High School tomorrow to recognize the school’s part in Super Bowl history.

The NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll program sends athletes to meet with high schools that have contributed to Super Bowl history. 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.

Hawthorne, a Fort Worth native, attended Polytech High and Baylor University before being drafted in the first round of the 1979 NFL draft (pick No. 28).


Hawthorne played professionally for eight years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and Indianapolis Colts before retiring in 1987. The former running back earned a Super Bowl ring in his first season with the Steelers.

Hawthorne will visit the school at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and present the commemorative football at Scarborough-Handley Field, 6201 Craig St., in Fort Worth.

With the award, the school earns the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to help support and grow their football programs. The NFL Foundation has invested $1 million in the campaign.


  1. There should be other players from other Fort Worth ISD schools getting this recognition.

    Raymond Clayborn – Tech High School & New England Patriots
    Uwe Von Schamann – Eastern Hills & Miami Dolphins
    Tony Franklin – Arlington Heights & New England Patriots

    Clayborn, Von Schamann and Franklin did not play on Super Bowl winning teams however.

    I don’t think Tech had a practice field when Ray Clay went there. I know as a kid I saw the Tech football team practicing at the Forest Park athletic fields. Clayborn also won the 440 yard dash at the Texas High School championships in Austin and Tech didn’t have a goddamn track either. Not bad.

    • Yes, 10 FWISD players in all have played in the Super Bowl. Chamberlain won two with the Broncos and Doug Hart won two with the Packers (I and II).Uve was on two Miami Dolphins teams that lost.

  2. The others Eastern Hills alum, Byron Chamberlain, who played for the Denver Broncos, will be recognized on November 6 at Scarborough Handley Field when Eastern Hills plays Grapevine.


    This article also shows a list of all of the FWISD alums who went on to play in Super Bowls.

    • Byron Chamberlain, Eastern Hills High School, is not on the list when he should be. The NFL has been notified to make this correction. Byron won two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos, and he along with Uwe von Schumann will be at the presentation at Handley Field, 7 p.m., Nov. 6. In total,, six FWISD high schools have Super Bowl alums: three at EHHS (including its predecessor Handley H.S.), two from Tech, two from Poly, one each from North Side, Wyatt and Arlington Heights. Country Day also has one.