The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll program is part of the nationwide celebration of Super Bowl 50. This season, the NFL has been recognizing schools that have had a positive impact on the history of the Super Bowl. High schools across the nation, and around the world, are receiving a Wilson brand Golden Football for every player or head coach who graduated from the school and was part of a Super Bowl roster. This program is recognizing over 2,000 high schools and about 3,000 players and coaches.

SAN DIEGO – DECEMBER 11, 1994: Offensive tackle Eric Jonassen #74 of the San Diego Chargers battles against defensive end Dennis Brown #96 of the San Francisco 49ers during a game at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Mount Saint Joseph graduate Eric Jonassen has been honored with a Golden Football that the Mount is proudly displaying now in the main office. Jonassen is a member of the Mount Saint Joseph class of 1986. He was a part of the Penn State team of 1987 who won the Sunkist Fiesta Bowl National Championship. He then went on to play in the NFL as a left tackle for the San Diego Chargers. In the 1994 season, the team made it to Superbowl XXIX and competed against the San Francisco 49ers.

It’s a great accomplishment to be able say that the Mount has produced a football player who made it to not only the highest level of football, but to the pinnacle of success in the NFL. This may inspire current athletes of the Mount to realize that anything is possible and athletic dreams can come true. This may also be a lasting inspiration for future Mount athletes as well.