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Dont'a Hightower gets his very own street

If Dont'a Hightower didn't already have hometown hero status in Lewisburg, Tenn., he definitely achieved it on the 4th of July.  

The city celebrated Independence Day by honoring its Super Bowl champion with his very own street. The linebacker and his family were on hand as a section of First Avenue North officially became Dont'a Hightower Parkway, as reported by AL.com.

"It's an awesome accomplishment," Dont'a told us. "I'm blessed. It has always been a dream and a goal for me to achieve this. What better time to get it than after celebrating my first Super Bowl?"

Don't also expressed gratitude for his faith and family, especially his mother, L'Tanya, and sister Quenette, who were with him as he received the honor.

On the day, Dont'a said thank you to Louisburg by giving back to the community. According to a press release from SportsTrust Advisors, which represents him, Dont'a presented the city's pee wee football program with brand new equipment, including 90 sets of shoulder pads. He also made a donation to help the city pay for its 4th of July fireworks, which in recent years had been cancelled because of a lack of funding.  

Dont'a isn't the only Patriot to receive a hero's welcome in his hometown this year. Earlier in the offseason, Malcolm Butler and LeGarrette Blount were honored with parades, while Jonas Gray was awarded the key to the city where he grew up.

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