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Bay Area Natives Return Home To Play In The Super Bowl

CONCORD (CBS SF) -- Bay Area players and coaches with the Panthers and Broncos are coming back home for Super Bowl 50.

The National Football League just gave three golden footballs to De La Salle High School in Concord representing Super Bowl 50 and the three former football players who made it to a Super Bowl game from that high school. T.J. Ward with the Denver Broncos will make it four.

Broncos safety T.J. Ward played football at De La Salle during their 151 game winning streak and Terry Eidson was his coach.

"It's going to be great to watch him play against Carolina in the Super Bowl," Eidson said.

Ward grew up in Antioch and his neighbors say he was always in their cul de sac playing basketball and throwing a football.

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Barbara Gaddies, of Vallejo, is the proud grandmother of Broncos running back CJ Anderson.  CJ, who is nicknamed Bam Bam, grew up in Vallejo and then went to the University of California at Berkeley.

"I can't believe it," Gaddies said.

Just last year CJ surprised his grandmother with a new car in her driveway, it was his way of saying thank you to her for all of the rides to football practice along  the way.

And now Gaddies is headed to the Super Bowl to cheer him on.

On the Carolina Panthers is defensive lineman Jared Allen, who grew up in Los Gatos and went to Los Gatos High School.

The Panthers' head coach attended Cal, and the Panthers' quarterback coach grew up in Orinda.

And former San Francisco 49er Vernon Davis was traded to Denver just this season.

They're all coming back home for Super Bowl 50.


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