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Patriots lineman Trey Flowers visits Huntsville alma mater, has HS jersey retired





By Josh Bean

March 28, 2017

New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers returned to his alma mater today and received a big reward.

The 6-foot-2, 265-pounder defensive lineman, who played at Arkansas before spending the last two seasons with the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, had his jersey retirement in an on-campus ceremony at Columbia High in Huntsville.

“It’s definitely something special to be able to go back to your school and have your jersey retired,” he said in a video provided by Huntsville City Schools.

Columbia’s football program has struggled since its inception in 2008, never having a winning season, never making the playoffs and going through six different coaches.

Flowers earned All-State honors in 2009 and 2010 from the Alabama Sports Writers Association, helping the Eagles go 5-5 in 2010.

At Arkansas, Flowers recorded 18 sacks and more than 150 tackles in four seasons as a defensive lineman before the Patriots selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Last year, he recorded 45 tackles, two fumble recoveries and seven sacks for New England. He added another 16 tackles in three playoff games, with 2½ sacks in the 34-28 overtime victory over Atlanta in the Super Bowl.



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