Irvington High on Wednesday honored Robert Turbin, an NFL running back and one of the school's most accomplished alumni, at halftime during a basketball game against crosstown rival Kennedy High.
In the emotional ceremony held at center court, Turbin -- who recently completed his rookie season with Seattle Seahawks -- was given a framed football jersey he wore at Irvington. Turbin graduated in 2007.
Copresenting the jersey was Tyler Roe, an Irvington 11th-grader and football player whose mother baby-sat Turbin when he was a child, said Michelle Stone, the school's athletic director.
The evening was a reunion of sorts for Turbin's friends, family, teammates and coaches, including former Irvington varsity coach, Bob Spain.
Turbin, 23, thanked his coaches and teachers for helping him on his "long journey" from Irvington's ball fields to the stadiums of the NFL.
"He just loves Irvington," Stone said. "Even after he got drafted, he would work out in our weight room. He chose to come back home."
Loyalty and family have always been top priorities for Turbin, who once had a reputation for being late to practice. But Irvington coaches eventually discovered he was tardy because he was taking care of his sister, Tiffany, who was in a wheelchair, after school until her caregiver arrived at their home.
"That's just his type of character," Stone said.
Turbin, born in Oakland and raised in Fremont, attended Utah State
After the ceremony Wednesday, Turbin posed for photos with fans, then rejoined family and friends to watch the game, which Irvington won 69-68.
"Robert is a very selfless person, and he didn't want it to be all about him," Stone said. "For him, it was about everybody at this reunion."
Moreau wins first in class at jazz festival
The Moreau Catholic High School jazz ensemble won first place in its division at the Folsom Jazz Festival.
Students Adrienne Rodriguez and Theodore Tan also received outstanding soloist medals.
The Moreau ensemble, under the direction of Ted Newton, competed against 18 other schools in its division at the Jan. 26 competition, which attracted 65 bands from throughout Northern California.
Moreau is a Catholic high school in Hayward.
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