Ex-Pacific High star to present school with Super Bowl gold football
New York Giants defensive back and San Bernardino native Mark Collins will
return to Pacific High School on Friday to celebrate the Super Bowl’s 50th
anniversary by presenting his alma mater with a gold football.
Collins, who graduated from Pacific High in 1982, is returning as part of a
special NFL celebration honoring every high school in the world that has
produced a player or coach who appeared in a Super Bowl. Collins was drafted by
the New York Giants in the second round of the 1986 NFL draft and played for
the Giants from 1986 to 1993, according to a school district news release.
The NFL estimates that over 3,000 players have played in the Super Bowl, along
with 52 coaches. The league invited some of those 3,000 players to personally
deliver the gold football to their individual high schools.
Collins’ homecoming will take place at noon on Friday during a special student
assembly in the Pacific High Auditorium. It’s been 33 years since Collins
graduated from Pacific High, a school he continues to support by participating
in the development of the district’s Athletic Strategic Plan. The plan aims to
increase student participation in sports by providing state-of-the-art
facilities and academic support to athletes.
For Principal Hector Vazquez, Collins’ return to Pacific is an opportunity to
remind all students, not just athletes, that setting goals and believing in
themselves will take them far in life.
“Mark Collins is an amazing role model for our students,” Vasquez said. “He’s
proof that great things are possible when you set goals, work hard, and