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Grizzlies bring Whitehaven football center court

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

You would have thought the Memphis Grizzlies' hit a slam dunk, but it was the Whitehaven High School football team that took center court for the crowd.

The Grizzlies hosted the state championship high school team during halftime at Sunday night's game. The Whitehaven Tigers were acknowledged for their first state championship win in 30 years, but also for their success off the field.

"If you win on the football field, you can use in life and we use football as a means to an end. We use football to get an education, hopefully earn a college scholarship to build their future so they can become better men, better husbands, better fathers," says Whitehaven High School Football Coach Rodney Saulsberry.

Saulsberry says his team makes him feel like a proud father: Some of the team members couldn't make the Grizzlies appearance because they were at college.

"It's like I have kids on top of the kids I have," says Saulsberry, "One's at Ole Miss currently. He's already enrolled at Ole Miss, and some other guys on college visits. They couldn't be here today."

The Whitehaven Tigers won the championship game last year after a two-point conversion in overtime. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton joined Whitehaven High School alumni and students as they greeted the team upon their return last month from the championship game.

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