Joining a prestigious group of former Marian Catholic standouts, Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Dennis Kelly will have his Marian Catholic football jersey retired on Jan. 31 prior to the Spartans boys basketball game against Marist.
Kelly will be the fourth former Spartans player to have his jersey retired and joins previously honorees Michael Prior (Class of 1981, Tampa Bay, Colts, Green Bay), John Holecek (Class of 1990, Buffalo, Atlanta, San Diego) and Rodney Harrison (Class of 1991, San Diego, New England).
The 2008 Marian graduate played at Purdue prior to being drafted by the Eagles in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL draft.
Along with a banner in the gym, Kelly will have a jersey and photo display in the gym lobby. As is tradition, his NFL No. 67 will be retired, the number he currently wears for the Eagles.
The 6-foot-8, 321-pounder is a regular returnee to Marian Catholic, and in particular the Bob Bergstrom weight room. A two-year tackle in Philadelphia, Kelly earned his first start on Oct. 28, 2012, against the Atlanta Falcons and made 10 total starts in his rookie campaign.
As a three-year starter at Purdue where the offensive line helped produced a school-record five consecutive 200-plus rushing games in 2010, Kelly was a senior co-captain and twice named most valuable player on offense. He also garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors on two occasions and was twice an All-Big Ten honorable mention choice.
The son of Chicago Heights residents Mike and Geri, Dennis earned All-Area and all-East Suburban Catholic Conference honors. He was also a three-year member of the varsity basketball squad.
Dennis’ brother Tim played football at Eastern Illinois University and recently moved with Bill O’Brien from the Penn State football coaching staff to an assistant coach position with the NFL’s Houston Texans. -- marianchs.com
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