NFL Star Returns Home to Help County Fight the Pandemic

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Minnesota Vikings running back and San Bernardino High School graduate Alexander Mattison is returning to San Bernardino County to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Mattison, a former football, wrestling and track and field star at San Bernardino High School, is serving as a spokesperson for the County’s vaccination effort. The bilingual athlete has filmed public service announcements in both English and Spanish encouraging residents to get vaccinated.

“As football players, we protect one another on the field,” Mattison says in the new ad, the first of which is in Spanish. “Off the field, as neighbors, we need to protect our community. Don’t stay on the sidelines. Get the vaccine to help you and our community stay healthy and win the battle against COVID. Stay healthy, San Bernardino County.”

The ads will run on ESPN Deportes (in San Bernardino County) during the Super Bowl, and in upcoming weeks on Spectrum and other broadcast and online media outlets.

“This is a very exciting development in our ongoing battle against the coronavirus,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We’ve long been proud of Alexander for his achievements in the classroom and on the field. Now he is making his mark through contributions to the community.”

Mattison was a star running back for the San Bernardino High Cardinals, rushing for 2,017 yards and 26 touchdowns in his junior season and 2,057 yards and 22 touchdowns in his senior year. He was also a wrestler and a high-profile track star, competing in the 110-meter hurdles, the 100-meter sprint, the 200-meter sprint, the long jump and the shot put. He was the Mountain Valley League champion in the 110-meter hurdles his senior year.

Mattison played for the Boise State University Broncos before being drafted by the Vikings.

“Alexander is not merely a superb athlete; he also was an outstanding, straight-A student who mastered both English and Spanish in his school’s Dual Immersion program,” said Hagman. “He is an impressive role model in his hometown community and elsewhere, and we are grateful for his assistance in this effort.”

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