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Thumbs up: Pennington to receive deserved recognition

Mar. 28, 2013 @ 11:02 AM

Chad Pennington last played football for Marshall University in 1999, but he remains among the most popular Thundering Herd players of all time.

Certainly, the college championships and stalwart career in the National Football League have a lot to do with that. He not only led Marshall to some of its most successful seasons, but he was twice voted NFL Comeback Player of the Year and is an all-time leader in career pass completion percentage.

But his "off-the-field" work in support of Marshall and the Tri-State is equally remarkable. Pennington returns to Huntington regularly for a range of good causes, from co-chairing the university's athletic capital campaign to celebrity bowling events for his own 1st and 10 Foundation, which has distributed more than $1 million in grant funds in West Virginia.

Earlier this month was another great example of his commitment. Surgery had forced NFL running back Ahmad Bradshaw to cancel his plans to speak at the annual dinner for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington. On short notice, Pennington came to the Pullman Plaza Hotel to fill in and help make the club's biggest fundraiser a success.

Next month, Pennington will be honored for his "giving back." TEAM for West Virginia Children will present him with its Service to Children Award at the group's annual dinner on Thursday, April 25, at Guyan Country Club. Funds raised will go toward the organization's work to create safe, healthy communities for children.

That is a much-deserved recognition for a beloved athlete and a dedicated friend of the Tri-State. For more information about the event, call 304-523-9587, Ext. 316.

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