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Pritchett's alma mater to pay tribute to him

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Updated: 8/27/2013 8:42 am
LAKE BUTLER, Fla. -- Once a Fighting Tiger at Union County High, Marvin Pritchett devoted most of his adult life to paying it forward, making sure his alma mater had everything it needed to be the best.

"He was nominated and elected to be in the Hall of Fame, He was an all-star football player. People don't realize that," said Union County Schools Superintendent Carlton Faulk.

When he was done running plays on the field, others like Kyler Cohen came behind him, grateful for Pritchett's gift of giving back.

"Every year he paid the fee for us to be able to ride to all of our away games on charter buses so that was pretty cool," said the former student and track coach.

Action News has learned that Pritchett donated food, money uniforms and equipment. He even bought a Jumbotron, making Union County High the first school in Florida to have one.

"He said, 'No I want one of those scoreboards like the University of Florida' and of course my knees were shaking and I got a little excited I couldn't stand it, " said Faulk.

Cohen says Pritchett believed in hard work and helped instill that value in the students.

"I could remember him giving me a loan to go back to school, and encouragde me to stay in school," he said.

Cohen and Pritchett were friends, but says he was also close to the shooter Hubert Allen, and his step-grandson C.J. Spiller. He even coached Spiller some years before the running back made it pro.

"I just feel for both families involved because I know them personally so it is a hard pill to swallow," said Cohen.

The Fighting Tigers football team has a home game this Friday at 7:30 p.m. where they will pay tribute to Pritchett and the other victims in this tragedy with a moment of silence.
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