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Herd legends return to Huntington

On April 27, 2014

The excitement of spring football took over Marshall University’s campus Saturday afternoon with the Green and White Game following the fountain ceremony.While this weekend brought a celebration of the football program, it also gave the Herd’s NFL legends a chance to come home and reconnect with their roots while working with the players for the upcoming season.Chris Crocker played for the Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins and now works as an agent for the NFL. Crocker said after 12 years, it seemed like he was just playing on the field yesterday. Crocker also said he was proud of the results of last season and hopes they can produce a winning season this fall.“I think they can go undefeated this season,” Crocker said. “It was great to see what they did last year with no expectations. This year will be tougher because there are high expectations for them.”Chris Massey played for the St. Louis Rams for 11 years. He said it is great to be back home where he grew up and he enjoyed working with the players.“You’re never too old to learn something new,” Massey said. “We have a lot of insight and experience that we can share with these younger guys. We will do anything we can to help them on and off the field.”Chad Pennington played for the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins and was a head coach for the day along with Herd legend Byron Leftwich. Pennington said it was great to see his brothers that he had played with and celebrate the tradition of Marshall football. He also said he hoped this would be a positive experience for the players. “We want to do everything we can to make sure our current athletes have bright and successful futures,” Pennington said. “I hope that they take away an appreciation for the love that we have for each other as teammates. In order to be successful they have to have that same love. We hope that they look at what we’ve accomplished and dream even bigger than that.”Jessica Starkey can be contacted at

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