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Beyond the Game: NFL player, Jacksonville native, steers students toward technology

Clint McDonald speaks to students at Taylor Elementary School (KATV Photo)

Instead of lighting up opposing quarterbacks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Clinton McDonald encouraged kids to light up the world.

The Jacksonville native returned to Taylor Elementary Monday morning, the school he attended as a child.

"Arkansas has always had a special place in my heart," he said. "Even though I went to the University of Memphis to go to college, Arkansas is still my home. It's where I have family and friends. It's still where I get involved in the community."

McDonald served as Taylor Elementary's "principal for a day." He steered students towards STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"This world is going to a technology world. Arkansas and Jacksonville, we don't want to be left behind, so we want to get the kids engaged in their education so they can have a clear cut goal in where they want to go in life."

As for football, he helped the Buccaneers to a 9-7 record last season. He registered 36 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

"I know we surprised a lot of people going 9-7 last year and at the end of the season we were kind of disappointed in the way we performed so I think everybody has a chip on their shoulder coming out."

2017 will be McDonald's 9th season in the NFL.

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