IMG_7093aIn the midst of a night of tremendous basketball action, it was football that grabbed center stage. At Fayette County’s Saturday evening showdown with Sandy Creek, the Tigers honored a pair of FCHS legends. Brandon Boykin and Matt Daniels, both now in the NFL, returned to their roots to have their jerseys retired in a Saturday night ceremony.
Boykin went on to a storied career at the University of Georgia, highlighted by winning the 2011 Paul Hornung Award as college football’s most versatile player, before being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.
“As a kid, I grew up in Fayette County. Coming here as an eight-year-old and seeing (retired) jerseys on the wall, that’s every kid’s dream is to be able to do something special and leave a legacy here,” said Boykin. “For me to have my jersey retired, that’s something special. It’s something I’m extremely proud of.”
Daniels was a dominant force at Duke University after his FCHS days, piling up first-team All-ACC and second-team All-American honors as a senior. Daniels is currently a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He talked about how he was originally slated to attend Creekside High before his parents moved.
“I was really upset,” remembered Daniels. “Who knew it was really the best decision they made for my life. I’m really thankful for Fayette County.”
According to Daniels, his resentment for Boykin quickly changed to admiration. “When I first got here, the first person I didn’t like was (Boykin) because I was used to being the man,” said Daniels. “Now he’s one of my best friends. I love him to death. He’s taught me many things he doesn’t even realize. I look up to him as a brother and as a role model.”
The dynamic duo were back at their old stomping grounds on Saturday, and a lot of their Fayette family was there too, both coaches and teammates. They both have a bright future ahead of them, but, for a night, they rightfully had their pasts honored.