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Grand Marshals - 2017
Grand Marshal Dillon Day
Dillon attended West Monroe High School where - as a 6'4" outstanding offensive tackle - helped lead the Rebels to a 2009 5/A State Championship victory in the Louisiana Superdome. He was recruited by the Mississippi State Bulldogs and was a starting offensive center all four years of his college career. As team captain in 2014 he was the anchor on the line for the most prolific offense in team history, setting 15 school records and winning 10 games. He was a member of the 2011 and 2012 Fall SEC academic honor roll, graduating in 2014. The next year Dillon signed with the Denver Broncos and now sports a Super Bowl ring as the winner of the 2016 Super Bowl Championship.
Grand Marshal Michael Hunter
New York Giants
Michael attended Richwood High School and West Monroe High School. He lettered four times in football, also lettering in basketball and track & field all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Michael attended
Indiana University where he recorded 91 tackles and two interceptions with the Hoosiers and was twice chosen as an All-Big Ten Academic Selection. After graduating at the end of his junior year with a degree in Exercise Science, he transferred to Oklahoma State University where he continued his football career recording 20 tackles and two interceptions as a Cowboy. Michael is currently a defensive cornerback with the New York Giants.
Grand Marshal Justin "Jelly" Ellis
Justin attended Neville High School in Monroe where he was a two-time first team all District 2-A selection. The nickname "Jelly was given to him by his high school defensive coordinator coach due to his size and demeanor and has stuck ever since. In high school he was named first team all-state by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as a senior, and was a two time all-Northeast Louisiana selection by the Monroe News-Star. He also lettered three years in track and field, where in 2009 he captured the state title with a discus throw of 47.15 meters. Justin is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University where he realized his dream of the NFL could come true. In 2013 he recorded a career high 48 tackles, and set career bests in tackles for loss earning himself conference honorable mention.
In 2014 his dream came true when he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders. Ellis said "It was unreal. I was so happy"