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North Clayton retires Love’s jersey

Former North Clayton counselor Erica Clark gets a hug from Kyle Love, who had his No. 72 jersey retired on Wednesday. The former North Clayton lineman is currently playing for the New England Patriots.

Former North Clayton counselor Erica Clark gets a hug from Kyle Love, who had his No. 72 jersey retired on Wednesday. The former North Clayton lineman is currently playing for the New England Patriots.

From politicians to educators and former coaches, just about everyone had a story to tell about former North Clayton High standout Kyle Love as the school officially retired his No. 72 jersey on Wednesday.

Before the packed stands in the school’s new auxiliary gym, many shared stories about the current New England Patriot nose tackle, who received several proclamations in honor of “Kyle Love Day”.

“I can’t think of a better person to have his jersey retired,” said former North Clayton principal Clarence Burnough. “Kyle was an overall good kid.”

Love became the seventh former North Clayton athlete to have a jersey retired from the school. He will joined former standouts Marcus Hunt, Mareno Philyaw, Morgan Burnett, Cap Burnett, Jerome Harris, LaTia Williams and D.J. Shockley with retired jerseys.

“It is quite an honor,” Love said. “It is something you really don’t expect.”

An undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State, Love made the New England roster in 2010. He started 13 games this past season, including the team’s loss to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl last February.