McDonald has spent five years in the National Football League, the last three with the Seattle Seahawks. Tonight, his Seahawks will battle the Denver Broncos for the Super Bowl Title.
"For him, I'm happy for him, and I'm happy for the Seahawks," Clinton's mother Bonnie told Aaron Nolan last week before the family left for New Jersey.
"He has made the ultimate, Super Bowl," added Larry McDonald, Clinton's dad.
The road to the Super Bowl wasn't an easy one for Clinton. Just this year, he was cut by Seattle. He came back to Central Arkansas to keep working out. Later in the week, the Seahawks called to bring him back to the NFL.
"He could have very well said, 'Heck with it, I'm going to try something else, so I'm just going to drop out,'" Larry said.
The moved paid off for Seattle. McDonald is third on the team with 5.5 sacks and has 35 tackles and an interception.
Jerry Wilson, Jacksonville H.S. Athletic Director, said Clinton has always been persistent, even during tough times.
"If the odds were against him, he was going to out work and be there," he said. "He's just somebody that you want your kids to be like."
Friends and family in Jacksonville will make the trip over to Old Chicago in North Little Rock this evening for a watch party. The public is invited to attend.
Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.