LEBANON, Ore. — The city of Lebanon is welcoming home one of its own heroes who is now a Superbowl champion. Lebanon is honoring Paul McQuistan who helped the Seattle Seahawks win their first Superbowl in New Jersey. Saturday there was a celebration that drew in hundreds of people from all across the small town.
“It’s awesome. You know it’s great to be able to come home and see the people that really support you and are behind you in your career and you know it’s just a great celebration to be able to win a Superbowl and come home,” said McQuistan.
Around 400 people gathered to welcome him home and to celebrate his success. “Everybody loves a winner and more importantly everyone loves somebody who’s successful and somebody who gives back and you know the type of people that Paul is,” said Jeff Stolsig, Lebanon High School football coach.
For the town with a population of 16,000 people, Paul’s skills on and off the football field are what make him a true hero for the community. “Loyalty. You know the importance of family. The importance of community, friendship, dedication and hard work. We’ve been proud of those guys for years and the Superbowl is just kind of a time for I guess the whole world and whole nation to recognize people,” said Stolsig.
As kids lined up to meet the football star and get shirts, footballs, and magazines autographed by him. Parents and local leaders watched as the youngest community members were inspired. “The kids in the community are able to look forward to something and see that it’s not just living in Lebanon and having a job. You can actually make something of yourself,” said Lebanon Mayor Paul Aziz.
At the end of the day, everyone walked away with a smile on their face, including the Superbowl champ. “You know it’s humbling and it’s great to be able to see their eyes light up and to be a role model for them. To come back and show them hard work and dedication can pay off,” said McQuistan.