DeSoto ISD’s First Super Bowl High School Honor Roll Assembly

DeSoto Super BowlDESOTO, TX — DeSoto High School was named a member of the National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. As a member of this group, a Golden Football is being sent to the high school of every player and head coach who was on an active roster in the first 49 Super Bowls. DeSoto will receive 2 footballs: one each for Ellis Hobbs (New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII) and Marcus Tubbs (Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL)
On February 12, Ellis Hobbs returned to the DHS Auditorium to present the gold ball to an audience of current student athletes, former teachers and coaches, administrators and well-wishers. Ellis is a 2001 graduate of DeSoto High and was a standout in academics, football and track. A student athlete, Ellis placed in the top 25 of his class, and was named Mr. DeSoto High School! His academic and athletic standing allowed him to enter Iowa State University. Although he left Iowa State for the NFL before completing his degree, he later returned and in 2009 earned his Bachelor’s degree in art and design.
During his professional football career Ellis achieved many outstanding accomplishments. He made a number of contributions to the Patriots in his rookie season, starting at cornerback the final eight games of the season. Ellis caught three interceptions and earned 371 yards on 15 kickoff returns (including a crucial 35-yard return in the Patriots’ game-winning drive against the Pittsburgh Steelers). On September 9, 2007, he broke the record for the longest kickoff return in NFL history when he ran a Mike Nugent kickoff back 108 yards for a touchdown against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium. At the time, it also tied the record for the longest play in NFL history.
A man of compassion and service, Ellis has been a long-time supporter of worthwhile events and activities, frequently returning to DeSoto for the Eagle Olympics for special needs athletes. He has been a supporter of Habitat for Humanities and a Christmas angel as a resident of Boston, Philadelphia and now Atlanta.
In 2012, Ellis was named to the inaugural class of distinguished alumni for the DeSoto ISD Hall of Honor. DeSoto High School’s football program has established and award in his honor for students who demonstrate outstanding leadership, integrity and citizenship. Now retired from football, Ellis is a successful businessman in Atlanta.
During his presentation to the students, Ellis stressed the importance of discipline learned in football and in life. He encouraged them to let their love of competition motivate them to develop successful careers in or out of athletics.
Following the formal presentation, Ellis took time to meet and greet students, former classmates and coaches.