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Hamilton Co. High's football field to be named for Carl Mauck

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HAMILTON COUNTY - The football field at Hamilton County High School will officially be named after Carl Mauck prior to the Sept. 23 game against Eldorado.

Mauck, the former SIU All-American and professional football star, will address the crowd at halftime. Don't look for some teary-eyed acceptance speech. That's probably not going to happen.

That doesn't mean Mauck isn't touched by the school's gesture.

"I think any time they do something for you in your hometown, you feel good about it," he said. "I've always been a Fox fan and tried to support them and try to support what they do around here, It's an honor."

On the other hand, it wasn't totally unexpected.

"They mentioned something about it a year ago, but I didn't know if they'd do anything like that or not," Mauck said. "They named a street after (former NBA great Jerry) Sloan, so who knows."

Mauck graduated from McLeansboro High School in 1965. An all-state player his senior year, Mauck's No. 88 was retired in 1977.

He lettered at SIU from 1966-68. Mauck played with the Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and Houston Oilers before retiring in 1981. He coached for another 20 seasons in the NFL.

"I think it kind of maybe surprised him a little bit," said Hamilton County athletic director Clint Winemiller. "This is close to 50 years before they decided to do this. Why they waited so long, I couldn't tell you."

Read more on this story in Saturday's edition of The Southern Illinoisan.

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