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Former John I. Leonard football standout Pierre Garcon returned to Palm Beach County Thursday to rally local elementary school students in advance of statewide testing.
Garcon, a wide receiver with the Washington Redskins, spent about 45 minutes at Hidden Oaks Elementary School in Lake Worth.
He helped lead about 350 3rd-, 4th- and 5th-grade students in a celebration of of good character as they prepare for Florida Standards Assessment testing.
“We study all week and take our tests on Sunday, like you have been studying and are ready to take your big test,” he told students.
Garcon also took questions from students and signed footballs for a school fundraiser.
Garcon, 29, played football at John I. Leonard and later at Norwich (Vt.) University and Mount Union College in Ohio. As a senior in 2007, he caught 67 passes for 955 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was an Ohio Athletic Conference first-team selection.
The Indianapolis Colts drafted Garcon in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He’s played eight seasons in the NFL with the Colts and Redskins, catching 485 passes for 6,027 yards and 34 touchdowns.
He was the NFL’s receptions leader in 2013, catching 113 passes for 1,346 yards.
Garcon scored his first NFL touchdown against the Dolphins in 2009.
By Jodie Wagner | pbgametime.com | March 18, 2016