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Rochester native and former NFL star Darrell Thompson visits Gage Elementary

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Some Rochester 2nd graders got a very special welcome back to the classroom after their Education Minnesota break, as a former John Marshall High School stand-out athlete who went on to become an NFL star came to speak to their class.

Students in Ms. Salisbury's second grade class at Gage Elementary got a chance to meet and learn from former Packer, Gopher, and Gage Gator, Darrell Thompson Monday morning.

During the visit, Thompson read his favorite children's book, Green Eggs and Ham, to the group of lively kids.

Afterwards, students got to ask Thompson questions, including everything from his football career, to whether he was good at baseball, to his favorite color, and his birthday. Thompson even recieved his very own Gage Gator t-shirt for his visit, a reminder for him of his years playing football in elemenentary school.

But the main message Thompson said he wanted to bring to the 8- and 9- year-olds Monday was the importance of education and respecting others.

Thompson is no stranger to motivating kids. He also runs a program in Minneapolis called Bolder Options, a mentoring program that focuses on Youth Development.

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