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From Jacksonville, Ark. to the Super Bowl

Central Arkansas native Clinton McDonald is prepping for the biggest game of his life.
We are going to pull for what we call a local hometown hero, because he has paid the price to be there.
JACKSONVILLE, AR  -- Clinton McDonald, a 2004 graduate from Jacksonville High School, is getting ready for Super Bowl XLVIII. 

McDonald has spent five years in the National Football League, the last three with the Seattle Seahawks. Next Sunday, 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, said.

"He has made the ultimate, Super Bowl," added Larry McDonald, Clinton's dad.

But 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.

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."

Bonnie said, "It's really a pleasure to see him get to this point, because as he gets to this point so does Jacksonville and Arkansas."

Wilson said all of Jacksonville will be rooting for Clinton.

"We are going to pull for what we call a local hometown hero, because he has paid the price to be there."

The Seahawks and Denver Broncos play Sunday, Feb. 2, in New York.


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