“I’m here today because I want you to stay safe,” said Feely to a packed stadium of students assembled on Feb. 6 at Maryvale High School in Phoenix. “As the father of four kids, this is very important to me, and I’m proud of you for taking the pledge not to text while driving.”
The “Save it Phoenix” contest helped educate Valley high school students that no text message is worth being in an accident, and it’s especially not worth risking a life.
Nearly 300 Maryvale students pledged not to text and drive, and won an appearance by Feely at a pep rally for their efforts. Under sunny blue skies, the band played and the cheer squad was on hand to help build the excitement. Feely signed autographs, threw footballs to the crowd and presented a framed jersey to the school. “In my job as a kicker, I know the importance of always staying focused,” Feely explained. “When you look down to check a text message while you are driving, it’s like driving the distance of a football field, blindfolded. When you are behind the wheel, safe driving is your first priority.”
Thanks to the efforts of the NFL’s Jay Feely and a devoted group of students at Maryvale High School, more Arizona teens recognize the importance of saving it for later.