Ex-Terp Heyward-Bey lights up McDonogh School

Ex-Terp Heyward-Bey lights up McDonogh School
April 27, 2014, 9:30 pm
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Former Terps wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is really lighting it up.

Oh, he hasn't caught a pass yet this season, but the former McDonogh standout has already scored big-time with his high school alma mater. According to the school Web site, Heyward-Bey has made good on a promise he made as a high school senior and has donated the money to install lights at McDonogh's football field for this coming season.

According to the school's Web site, McDonogh athletic director Mickey Deegan recalled that when Heyward-Bey was a senior at the school, “We were on the sidelines, and Darrius asked me why we didn’t have lights in the stadium. When I told him lights were expensive and it would take a very generous gift to make that happen, he put his arm around my shoulders and said, ‘Ms. Deegan, when I go pro I’m going to buy you some lights … because night games are what high school football is all about.’"

Heyward-Bey, a first-round draft pick of the Raiders in 2009, is now with the Steelers after four seasons with the Raiders and one with Indianapolis. He has 169 catches for 2,380 and 12 touchdowns in his career. He caught  29 passes for 309 yards and a touchdown last season in his only year with the Colts.

“On every level, night games are exciting,” Heyward-Bey said, according to the McDonogh Web site. “Young players dream of playing under the lights, but the reality is that 95% of athletes don’t play after high school. I’m glad McDonogh football players will now have that opportunity.”

The Steelers play in Baltimore on a Thursday night in Week 2, so maybe Heyward-Bey can stick around afterward and catch a game under the lights -- his lights -- the next night.

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