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Kevin Hieronymus

Super Bowl champ O’Neil to talk football, life

There’s going to be a great opportunity for area football players to hear from a former Super Bowl champion about football and most importantly, about life.

Keith O’Neil, a member of the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLI Super Bowl champions, will talk at the Living Works Suicide Walk on Saturday in Princeton. He played in the NFL with undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Read his blog at this link to learn more about him and what he has battled through: www.keithoneil.com/blog/under-my-helmet.

O’Neil will later stop off at Second Story, the teen hangout on North Main Street in Princeton. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with free food served. O’Neil will speak at 6:30 p.m. Dana VanAutreve of Second Story welcomes all teens and area football players to hang out and visit with the former Super Bowl champ.

O’Neil also played for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.

He is currently writing a book and speaking to audiences in the sports, faith and mental health communities. He is also the president and founder of the 4th and Forever Foundation which brings awareness to mental health and funds research for mental illness.

He will undoubtedly be an inspiration for anyone who is in need. Plan to come out and hear him talk. You’ll be glad you did.

• Following footsteps: I’m hearing that Erin Polte will be named as the new volleyball coach at IVCC. The Hall High School product would follow in the footsteps of her mother, Laurie, who coached on the Hilltop as well at Hall. The younger Polte coached freshman volleyball at her alma mater, last season.

Polte’s hiring is expected to be made official at the next IVCC board meeting on June 12.

• Vote for Norm: Today opens the online voting for MLB’s All-Star Teachers and I’ve got a favor. I’ve nominated my old junior high school, “Stormin’” Normam Mueller of Atlanta, Ill., and would love to see him win and become one of the 30 winners awarded with a trip to the MLB All-Star game in Minneapolis. He is an All-Star teacher and coach through and through, one who was always in it for the kids.

There will be a winner award for each MLB team and Norm is up for the Cardinals honors. Now, I know Cubs fans, this means you’’ll have to pick a Cardinal, but please overlook that. He’s a winner.

Vote early and often. Here’s the link: http://mlb.mlb.com/allstar-teachers.

Nice touch: It was great gesture by Chapel Hill Golf Course who gave free golf to all veterans on Memorial Day. I understand there were 133 veterans who took them up on their offer. We can never say thanks enough to our veterans. Nicely done, Chapel Hill.

Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR sports editor. Contact him at khieronymus@bcrnews.com.