When local Thomson High School teacher, assistant coach and artist Alvin Wright brushed the likeness of THS, college and NFL standout Eddie Lee Ivery on the McDuffie County mural on Railroad Street, it was a special honor.
The coach was playing recreation ball when Eddie Lee Ivery was darting and running over players for the Dogs.
Alvin Wright puts the finishing touches on the image of Eddie Lee Ivery.
"I tried to pattern myself after him," said Coach Wright. "I was a running back too. When I was 10, I remember watching the team practice almost every day. He was my childhood idol. This was an honor."
Coach Wright was asked to add the image in preparation for the retiring of Ivery's No. 44 jersey during Thomson High's first home game Aug. 20.
Ivery graduated from Thomson High School in 1975 after a stellar high school career with the Bulldogs. He attended Georgia Tech and then played professionally for the Green Bay Packers.
Keep reading The Mirror for more features on his career and the retiring of his number.