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Former Tide star Gehrig Dieter provides equipment for high school Alma mater

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At some point, Washington High School at South Bend, Ind., needs to consider working on a statue of Gehrig Dieter. A former wide receiver at the University of Alabama and Bowling Green State University, Dieter prides himself on being a positive influence in the community. 

According to a story from Channel 16 News in Indiana, the Gehrig Dieter Foundation partnered with Addidas and X-Tech, to donate eight pairs of shoulder pads and 75 pairs of cleats to the Panthers’ program.

Both the cleats and shoulder pads were of high quality, with the pads being made of material that’s used in the National Football League.

While coach Tommy Stammich is grateful to see Dieter reach out to his Alma mater, it’s the student-athletes that want to emulate the South Bend native. Some of their biggest hopes and dreams are to become stars in college football and one day, be able to carve out a career in the pros among the best in the game. 

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After a strong high school career, Dieter bounced around to a couple of school – including his final stop with Nick Saban and Alabama.

He totaled four touchdown receptions on 15 catches as a graduate transferred, and played at receiver and on special teams. Dieter helped the Crimson Tide win a Southeastern Conference title in 2016 and appeared in the College Football Playoff. 

His exploits on special teams landed him an opportunity with the Kansas City Chiefs. 

As he continues to get better as a player, the person that Dieter is shines brightly.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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