Super Bowl Player At Pine School


Pine-Strawberry Elementary School students and teachers will today meet and greet Super Bowl and All-Pro football player John Tait.

The Chicago Bears offensive tackle, whose nephew Josh Williams is a fifth-grader at the school, will address the students during a 30-minute assembly.


Chicago Bears offensive tackle John Tait will address the students of Pine-Strawberry Elementary School today.

The 6-foot-6-inch, 315-pound Tait started for the Bears in the team's 29-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

Tait was a first round draft choice, 14th overall, of the Kansas City Chiefs. Collegiately he starred at Brigham Young University. He also attended Tempe McClintock High School where he was a three-year letter winner for the Chargers. As a junior and senior, he was an all-city, all-region and all-state selection. Tait also earned two letters in track and field.

After spending five seasons with the Chiefs, Tait signed with the Bears as the second-highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL.

According to Web site, Tait earns more than $8 million a season.

Off the field, Tait is heavily involved in charitable work.

In 2002, The Sporting News named him a Top 100 Good Guy for his off-the-field efforts.

When Tait was with the Chiefs, he annually sent 76 children with cancer to Camp Quality. He also established the John Tait Foundation in 2001, promoting a healthy start in children's lives through research, health care, good life choices and access to the arts.

He also served as honorary chairman for the annual Children's Spot auction that benefits challenged children.

Tait and his wife, Jenava, live in Mettawa, Ill.

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