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.
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.