Identifying players with ties to the same college is not uncommon in NFL locker rooms.
The New Orleans Saints, for example, have punter Thomas Morstead, safety Chris Banjo, guard/center Josh LeRibeus, cornerback Sterling Moore and long snapper Zach Wood from Southern Methodist.
Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., wide receiver Michael Thomas, safety Vonn Bell and rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore played at Ohio State.
The Saints, however, take it another stop by providing a unique scenario with three players from the same high school.
Ginn, Lattimore and rookie cornerback Justin Hardee, who is on the Saints’ practice squad, each prepped during various years at Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio.
“It’s just a blessing that I’m still here and to be able to be an example to them,” said the 32-year-old Ginn, who is in his 11th professional season. “For them to kind of walk into a situation like this and kind of have a brother on their side and understand what is going on, giving them more feedback than normal.
“It’s always something that’s been instilled in us coming up in high school. If you do everything right, you’ll have the possibility to make it to this level.”
Hardee, who entered the league out of Illinois as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans before joining the Saints, agreed emphatically.
“Marshon Lattimore, he was a little younger, and then Ted Ginn Jr., he was one of the ones who started it off, so it’s truly a blessing,” Hardee said. “You rarely see three guys from the same high school on one team.”
According to Glenville High School assistant coach Frank Streeter, the…
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