MORRISTOWN, NJ – Students and faculty at Morristown High School were dressed in red and black on Friday in an effort to support Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, a 1989 graduate of the school, as his team prepares for a Super Bowl showdown against the New England Patriots this Sunday. The Falcons are chasing their first-ever Super Bowl championship.
Quinn was captain of the high school football team and wore the No. 53 for the Morristown Colonials before ascending upon a career as coach in pro football. In addition to being a great athlete, Quinn was homecoming king and class secretary.
“It was actually one of the security guards and myself who discussed putting up a banner and making it Red and Black Day,” suggested Smitty Horton, Director of Athletics at Morristown High School. “(This idea) came from having pride in an individual who represents our alma mater.”
Per an interview with NFL.com reporter Conor Orr, Quinn received high praise from his old teachers.
Quinn, the defensive mastermind behind the Seattle Seahawks’ only franchise championship over the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl XLVIII attempts to lead the Falcons to their first-ever championship this Sunday.
“We’re very happy for a member of our alumni to achieve such a great amount of success at the pro level.”
The school, however, does not have any plans at the moment for a celebration, but does plan to acknowledge the accomplishment in some sort of form if the Falcons pull off the victory.