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Former Stanford star, Danville native Zach Ertz helps lift Eagles over Patriots in Super Bowl

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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz scored the game winning touchdown against the New England Patriots in Sunday night's Super Bowl. (AP)

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz scored the game winning touchdown against the New England Patriots in Sunday night's Super Bowl.

Ertz grew up in Danville and started his football career at Monte Vista High School, after which, he went onto play at Stanford where he was All-American.


Even though Ertz was the center of attention after the game, he still took the time to call his old high school football coach, who says he could hear the excitement in his voice. Students, counselors and coaches all say this couldn't have happened to a nicer person.

"You have to root for our hometown boy," says Didi Justin-Reed who has known Ertz since he was in elementary school. Justin-Reed is the owner Sweet Street candy store.

In Danville and says she put together favors for Ertz' wedding to U.S. soccer star, Julie Johnston, "His favorite candy is sour patch watermelon!"

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Justin-Reed adds that Ertz was "always the nicest kid, great athlete and so proud of him and all he's accomplished."

After stepping off the field, Ertz spoke to reporters about his win Sunday night, "It's an incredible feeling. The city of Philadelphia deserves this, they've been longing for this for a long time. I'm just so grateful to be able to do this for them."

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