Phildelphia Eagles defensive end Cedric Thornton visits with Star City music teacher Glynetta Burnett

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Cedric Thornton visits with Star City music teacher Glynetta Burnett

A couple of NFL players returned to Southeast Arkansas last week to visit their hometowns. One of those was Cedric Thornton, a starting defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles and a former Star City Bulldog.

Thornton, who was recently heralded by head coach Chip Kelly as the Eagles’ best defensive player right now, visited students and teachers this week at Star City where he was a running back and wide receiver for the Star City Bulldogs.

Though he recorded a career-high eight tackles, including a sack of Peyton Manning at Denver, less than two months ago, Thornton’s favorite moment in sports was his 52-yard forced fumble/return touchdown while playing for the Star City Bulldogs.

Thornton was a two-year starter for Southern Arkansas where he earned first-team All-American honors as a junior in 2009.

Chris Gragg

Chris Gragg

Thornton wasn’t the only NFL player to visit his hometown this week.

Chris Gragg, a tight end for the Buffalo Bills, visited Warren where he was a wide receiver for the Lumberjacks before playing at Arkansas.

Gragg, who was drafted this year in the seventh round by Buffalo, recently scored his first NFL touchdown.