FRESNO, Calif. - A Fresno native represented the Central Valley on the biggest stage in pro football. Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks, a Hoover High alum is now a world champion.
If you're a Hoover Patriot or a Fresnan, you should be ecstatic for the Kendricks family. This has been a season they'll never forget.
"He was actually being silly in that photo," said Chad Kendricks.
Just hours before Chad Kendricks got on a plane to Minnesota, he shared precious memories of his little brother Mychal. '"Lil bro" is now a starting linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles in the biggest game of his life.
"He really feels apart of something big so that's why he's on his way to the Super Bowl," said Kendricks.
And Mychal's biggest fans in Fresno watched intently on Sunday. Former Hoover Patriots head coach Pat Plummer and a few of Mychal's high school coachs say they never doubted his talent and potential.
"To play at this level, you gotta be a player and Mike was always a player," said Plummer.
Wearing number 30, a highlight reel and a three-sport athlete for Hoover High, Mychal dominated the competition.
"Good job Mike! Thatta baby. That one belongs to Mike," said Plummer as Kendricks made a tackle.
His former coach and teacher says he also made plays in the classroom.
"Astute. Sat in the middle front. Asked questions," said Chuck Toste.
And Mychal's success continued Sunday night as the Eagles brought Philadelphia its first NFL title.
"Game! That's it. Yup. Super Bowl Champion," cheered Kendricks' former coaches.
"Look at Mychal. First Patriot to win a Super Bowl baby! Hoover Patriot," said Plummer.
Minutes after the confetti rained down, Coach Plummer sent the text he's been waiting to send all season.
"I just said 'Congrats Mike. Great win. Enjoyed watching a former Pate win a Super Bowl,'" said Plummer.
As for big brother, what would he say after the game, win or lose?
"That is a great question. The first thing I'm gonna say, I'm just gonna say good job," said Kendricks.
Mychal and his younger brother Eric who plays for the Minnesota Vikings, will hold another "Kamp Kendricks" youth football program for kids in Fresno this summer, free of charge.