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Mecole Hardman, who caught winning touchdown for Chiefs, is from Bowman, Georgia

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The Kansas City Chiefs player who caught the winning Super Bowl touchdown is from Bowman, Georgia. Mecole Hardman caught a 3-yard touchdown thrown by Patrick Mahomes in overtime to win the game. (Video above: Town of Bowman celebrates 2020 Super Bowl win)"I blacked out, man," Hardman said after making the catch. "When I blacked out, I didn't know until he came up running, and he was like, 'You're a champion. We just won!' I'm like, 'Oh, yeah, you're right. We did.'"He had a short stint with the New York Jets in 2023 before returning to the Chiefs. Hardman was born and raised in Bowman and attended elementary, middle and high school in the area. The wide receiver began volunteering with a non-profit organization called Friends Helping Friends Club when he was in middle school, according to President Sandy Adams. "As soon as you talk to him about our kids, he just lights up, so his heart is really here with the kids," Adams said. "It's just good to see how a lot of our students have come back to give back."The non-profit provides educational opportunities, such as field trips and scholarships, to special needs children in and around Elbert County. "Our kids don't really understand the significance of what he's done with football," Adams said about Hardman. "They love him just because he's Mecole, the real deal, so he just has such an incredible energy when he's around them."Chrystal Thomas, a special education teacher at Elbert County Middle School, said Hardman would often help out in her classroom."Nothing was too hard. He always did it," she said. "We had one little girl in particular who was on a feeding tube, and he would unhook her. We would let him sit in a locker, and he would hold her, rock her and talk to her."After his senior year of high school, he played football for the University of Georgia. At the time, Hardman was ranked the 13th best player in the country by the 247Sports composite rating and the top athlete in the county. Watch video of that announcement from 2016 below: Read more here. Hardman was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round with the 56th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. His dedication to helping children with special needs continued into his professional career. Sid Fritts, Hardman's football coach at Elbert County High School, said the wide receiver took a redeye flight following a game against the Denver Broncos to be with the children he helps. "Those kids mean the world to him, and he means the world to them," Fritts said. "You know, you don't just leave Denver on a redeye and get back to a special needs basketball game if you don't love those kids."When the Chiefs won the Super Bowl in 2020, WYFF News 4 went back to Bowman for a watch party. Watch that story below: There is no doubt the town of Bowman is proud. Watch more below: Hardman is scheduled to take part in a fundraiser for Friends Helping Friends Club next month.

BOWMAN, Ga. —

The Kansas City Chiefs player who caught the winning Super Bowl touchdown is from Bowman, Georgia.

Mecole Hardman caught a 3-yard touchdown thrown by Patrick Mahomes in overtime to win the game.

(Video above: Town of Bowman celebrates 2020 Super Bowl win)

"I blacked out, man," Hardman said after making the catch. "When I blacked out, I didn't know until he came up running, and he was like, 'You're a champion. We just won!' I'm like, 'Oh, yeah, you're right. We did.'"

He had a short stint with the New York Jets in 2023 before returning to the Chiefs.

Hardman was born and raised in Bowman and attended elementary, middle and high school in the area.

The wide receiver began volunteering with a non-profit organization called Friends Helping Friends Club when he was in middle school, according to President Sandy Adams.

"As soon as you talk to him about our kids, he just lights up, so his heart is really here with the kids," Adams said. "It's just good to see how a lot of our students have come back to give back."

The non-profit provides educational opportunities, such as field trips and scholarships, to special needs children in and around Elbert County.

"Our kids don't really understand the significance of what he's done with football," Adams said about Hardman. "They love him just because he's Mecole, the real deal, so he just has such an incredible energy when he's around them."

Chrystal Thomas, a special education teacher at Elbert County Middle School, said Hardman would often help out in her classroom.

"Nothing was too hard. He always did it," she said. "We had one little girl in particular who was on a feeding tube, and he would unhook her. We would let him sit in a locker, and he would hold her, rock her and talk to her."

After his senior year of high school, he played football for the University of Georgia.

At the time, Hardman was ranked the 13th best player in the country by the 247Sports composite rating and the top athlete in the county.

Watch video of that announcement from 2016 below: Read more here.

Hardman was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round with the 56th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. His dedication to helping children with special needs continued into his professional career.

Sid Fritts, Hardman's football coach at Elbert County High School, said the wide receiver took a redeye flight following a game against the Denver Broncos to be with the children he helps.

"Those kids mean the world to him, and he means the world to them," Fritts said. "You know, you don't just leave Denver on a redeye and get back to a special needs basketball game if you don't love those kids."

When the Chiefs won the Super Bowl in 2020, WYFF News 4 went back to Bowman for a watch party.

Watch that story below:

There is no doubt the town of Bowman is proud. Watch more below:

Hardman is scheduled to take part in a fundraiser for Friends Helping Friends Club next month.

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