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J.R. Sweezy makes surprise visit to North Carolina elementary school
Photo: Larry Sullivan/Mooresville Tribune
Seahawks offensive guard J.R. Sweezy made a special appearance in his hometown of Mooresville, N.C. last week, spending time with more than 600 students at his "alma mater" - Park View Elementary School.
Sweezy was a surprise guest-reader at the school, excited to return to the neighborhood in which he grew up after what has been a whirlwind offseason for the Super Bowl XLVIII champion.
“It really hasn’t sunk in yet,’’ Sweezy told Larry Sullivan of the Mooresville Tribune, who notes the former seventh-round draft pick has added nearly 20 pounds to his frame this offseason. “I’ve been very busy. It’s great to get back home, relax a little bit and be able to take it all in. I really like coming back to Park View and seeing all these little kids with smiles on their faces, too. I told them I’d read to the whole school, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
The visit was Sweezy's second to Park View Elementary in the last two years. He returned to the school after his rookie season with the Seahawks, a year that saw him make the switch from defensive lineman at North Carolina State University to offensive lineman at the pro level.
“I always like coming back home,’’ Sweezy said. “I don’t get to come here much at all during the season. It won’t be long before I have to get back out to Seattle. There’s not a whole lot of down time. It’s my job to play professional football. It’s something that I’ve always dreamed of doing. I never imagined that I would be able to experience all that I have this early in my career. I want to enjoy it as long as I can.”