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Former Morehouse College football player treated to homecoming game

Lindsay Harrison thought his game days were over

Lindsay Harrison wears maroon and white in honor of Morehouse College during a recent homecoming game. (Special Photo)

Lindsay Harrison wears maroon and white in honor of Morehouse College during a recent homecoming game. (Special Photo)

JONESBORO — A former Morehouse football player living out his golden years at a Jonesboro senior living center returned recently to his alma mater.

Decades ago, Clayton “Lindsay” Harrison graduated from the historic black Atlanta college where he played football for the Morehouse Maroon Tigers. However, he’s been unable to attend games since moving to Elmcroft of Mount Zion, a senior living center in Jonesboro, Antwan Holt said.

Holt is healthy lifestyle director at the center.

“Mr. Harrison thought his football days at Morehouse College were over,” Holt said.

However, through the help of Second Wind Dreams and Morehouse College Alumni Association, Harrison was given a chance to relive his glory days through the new generation of players.

“The Morehouse College Alumni Association provided Lindsay and me with two homecoming VIP tickets, parking passes and free morning brunch,” Holt said.

The two men donned maroon and white and headed downtown to Morehouse’s B.T. Harvey Stadium to enjoy a sunny Saturday.

“This dream was a success,” Holt said. “Mr. Harrison had a great time and saw a lot of old classmates and friends.”

The center partners with Second Wind Dreams to fulfill the wishes of residents. The nonprofit was formed in 1997 to change the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams, such as seeing a magic show in Las Vegas or riding with the top down in a red Cadillac convertible.

“Our goal each month is to make a resident dream come true with the help of the community,” Holt said. “Mr. Harrison stated that he never thought he would have never made it to another football game and this was the best gift that anyone can surprise him with.”