Bakersfield teacher honored by NFL

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A Bakersfield man has been named the NFL Teacher of the Year.

The award honors former NFL players who entered the field of education after retiring from football.

Brent McClanahan was a running back for the Minnesota Vikings from 1973-79. He now teaches subjects ranging from business to computer literacy at South High School.

McClanahan was awarded $5,000, and South High received a $5,000 grant during a surprise ceremony Wednesday at the school.

"We are proud of former NFL players who are able to use the values they learned on the football field - integrity, preparation and persistence - and carry them over into the classroom," Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a news release. "We honor these former NFL players for their dedication to the profession of teaching."

McClanahan beat out finalists from across the country.