Gage Surprises Students at Donelson Middle School



For the students of Donelson Middle School, Tuesday started as a normal school day. They barely had enough time to settle into the day before they were greeted by Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Gage. Gage surprised the students and majority of the staff to an assembly to speak about his rise to football stardom and the NFL's Play 60 campaign.

Similar to game day, Gages' name was announced as he ran through gymnasium doors instead of an inflatable helmet to an assembly full of energetic middle school students all of whom were cheering as if they were at a game at LP Field. Gage took to the microphone as he answered questions about healthy living, preparation for games and even about his grades when he was in middle school.

"I was definitely a B student, but I did have a little trouble with math and social studies at that age," said Gage. "I had a good teacher who really helped me study and he taught me how important those two particular subjects are in every day life. Through his help, I learned to appreciate especially math because you see and deal with it everyday. Both of those subjects have a lot to do with football too," said Gage.



The Donelson Middle Schools students were an attentive audience as Gage spoke. He then presented an autographed football to the school principle, Dr. Cecilia Arbuckle, who graciously accepted the football on behalf of the student body. Twenty-five deserving students were hand picked to participate in a question and answer period with Gage after the school wide assembly. There, Gage autographed team posters for those students and answered their questions.

When asked about how he stays healthy and active Gage replied, "It's definitely a challenge for me to resist junk food or fast food like McDonald's, but I know how important it is to feed your body only good, healthy foods and that's what I try to do. You only get one body and you have to treat it well. I work out on the football field and in the weight room in addition to eating right; I'm only helping myself be the best I can be. Starting at a young age to eat right and exercise is the best thing you can do."

*About "Play 60"
The Titans "Play 60" initiative encourages youth to get at least sixty minutes of physical activity or play per day in effort to fight childhood obesity. Since the NFL's Play 60 inception, the NFL has committed over $100 million to youth health and fitness through programming, media time for public service announcements and grants from Titans Owner K.S. "Bud" Adams' Jr., and his fellow NFL owners and players. For more information about the NFL's Play 60 campaign please visit ***



 Twenty-five deserving students were hand picked to participate in a question and answer period with Gage after the school wide assembly.

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