NFL to honor 1984 Truckee grad Ted Popson, school with gold football |

NFL to honor 1984 Truckee grad Ted Popson, school with gold football

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If you go

What: NFL Super Bowl High School Honor Roll presentation

Where: Truckee High auditorium

When: Monday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m.

Who: 1984 Truckee grad and former NFL player Ted Popson


Truckee High School and its athletes have earned their share of accolades over the decades, but perhaps none more prestigious than this: On Monday, Dec. 14, the school will receive a gold-colored football as part of the NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll program.

Truckee has Ted Popson to thank. A 1984 Truckee High grad, Popson played for the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, and competed in Super Bowl XXIX when the 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers 49-26.

A golden Wilson football will be presented to the school in Popson’s honor as part of the nationwide Super Bowl 50 celebration, which, according to, “acknowledges schools and communities that have directly influenced Super Bowl history and impacted the game for the better.”

Truckee is among more than 2,000 high schools across the nation and globe to receive the honor, while Popson is one of nearly 3,000 players and head coaches to be recognized. The players and coaches have the opportunity to personally deliver the golden footballs, which is what Popson will do at Monday’s presentation ceremony in the school’s auditorium.

“It is a very special opportunity for our community to be receiving this football,” said Truckee football coach and alumnus Josh Ivens, who hopes to fill the gym for the 6 p.m. presentation. “Not many schools or towns produce NFL players, but then to have one who played in the Super Bowl is even more rare. He is very excited to be presenting this award, and I’m excited to be part of it.”