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Henry Ruggs III using his professional platform to make a difference in Montgomery and Nevada

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The Las Vegas Raiders got one of the best wide receivers in the NFL Draft, but Montgomery (Ala.) and Southern Nevada has an even better young man. A week after receiving the call from the Raiders in the first-ever “virtual draft,” Henry Ruggs III will remain wearing No. 11 at the next level. 

Aside from that, he continues to make his city proud. 

The former five-star launched his own limited edition #HRIII t-shirts on Wednesday and in partnering with Three Square, a service network of more than 1,400 community partners to reach struggling individuals and families at risk for hunger, three meals will be provided to families in Southern Nevada for every purchase. 

Along with feeding the hungry in his new area, a percentage of the proceeds will also go to the Rod Scott Foundation in Montgomery. With each touchdown he scored in college at Alabama, Ruggs always flashed three fingers in the air.

The sign, “3’s up,” was done in commemorating the memory of Roderic Scott. Scott, a promising basketball player at Lee High School and close friend of Ruggs, died in a car accident in 2016.

Even with his family knowing it was not Ruggs’ fault, the 2017 national champion wants to make sure Scott will forever live on through him. 

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This type of charity could land Ruggs the Walter Payton Man of the Year award someday, but for now he’s focused on making a difference in any way he can.  

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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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