A hometown hero who represented his community on the college gridiron and on the turf of the NFL will be honored with a day of his own and a special proclamation on Friday.
The City of Hernando with the assistance of the Rotary Club of Hernando along with other sponsors will host "Bradley Sowell Day" on Friday, beginning at 11 a.m. with a reception in the former Hernando High School graduate's honor at the Gale Center, located on South Street, in Hernando.
From there, the festivities will move to Hernando High School on Dilworth Lane where Sowell's jersey will officially be retired.
"Bradley has been a tremendous representative for Hernando, not only at Ole Miss but also in the NFL," Danny Phillips, longtime friend of the family and youth sports advocate in the city, said Wednesday during a meeting of the Rotary Club of Hernando.
Sowell currently plays offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears. He played offensive tackle for the University of Mississippi from 2007-11. Sowell signed to play with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014 and has also played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at email@example.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.