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Former Rutherford, NFL standout delivers supplies to his hometown


A former local football standout and NFL start returned to his hometown from Missouri to assist with the relief efforts for Hurricane Michael.

Will Witherspoon, who played at Rutherford High School in the ‘90s, went to the University of Georgia and played for the Carolina Panthers, St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans, started a fundraising drive the minute Michael hit.

“This is my hometown. It’s a place I got to see that is devastated, and not just here. Hurricane Michael ripped through this area and not just Panama City but Mexico Beach and Apalachicola. All of those places have different memories for me growing up and as time goes forward I hope to be able to do more.”

Witherspoon started a fundraising effort on Facebook to raise $10,000. As of today, he had raised nearly $8,000. He dropped a load of supplies off at the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center on Thursday.

“People are going to need many things. I made sure that I brought things like diapers, formula for children, toilet paper, things that people may not have yet,” Witherspoon said.

“We brought everything that we could get our hands on.”

The first load of deliveries is not going to be the last either.

“We wanted to start with that little things that people can start with and go from there, seeing what they need going forward. We want to bring things to try to make people happy and bring back a sense of what Panama City is,” Witherspoon said.

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