On Friday, May 22, Affton High School celebrated Markus Golden, a 2010 graduate and Mizzou defensize end chosen at number 58 overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the NFL draft earlier this month. In recognition of Golden’s accomplishments, the school retired his jersey number (#2) at a ceremony in front of students and staff.
“We are here today to celebrate one of Affton High School’s greatest football players,” said Dan Oliver, athletic director and head football coach. “And while Markus Golden holds many school records, what’s more important is how he was able to turn his life around to achieve his dreams.”
Following Golden’s graduation from Affton High School, he attended community college and then the University of Missouri-Columbia. During his senior year at Mizzou, he was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week and MVP of Mizzou’s Citrus Bowl victory over Minnesota. In December, Golden became the first member of his family to earn a college degree.
“I don’t just do this for myself,” said Golden while addressing the student body of Affton High School. “I do it for everyone here. If you’ve got dreams and goals, maybe not to be a football player but to be a doctor or a school teacher or anything else you want to do in life; if you work hard, you can reach your goal. I believe in every student here at Affton High School.”
View more photos from the ceremony here.