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Marcus Sherels Visits Rochester Schools

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester students could barely contain their excitement when one of their favorite Vikings football players came to surprise them in their schools.

Friday, Minnesota Vikings player Marcus Sherels shocked hundreds of Rochester students with a surprise visit. And a message-- That School is Cool.

A Rochester native, Sherels went to Ben Franklin elementary school, and before heading to the University of Minnesota he made John Marshall High school proud, wearing the Rocket's jersey on the field.

Marcus Sherels' mother, Linda Lager says, "He decided he was going to take political science, and earn a degree in political science.

And he graduated in four years while playing football which is like a full-time job."
Though Sherels' life is consumed with football, he makes sure to set aside some time for students.

"Reading is fun, and I always loved when people read to me. When I was younger, my older brothers, my mom random people. It's just fun to interact, it's just coming back and interacting."

But the whole day was not spent just signing autographs and taking pictures.

Sherels sat down with a group of students, and told them about his personal experience in school.
I know that if I didn't try in school, if I didn't graduate I wouldn't be a NFL football player. You can't play sports if you don't get good grades.
Sherels tells us that giving back to the community is something he loves to do, especially in his hometown.

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