Hometown Proud: Glendive cheers for Mike Person in Super Bowl

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, San Francisco 49ers offensive guard Mike Person (68) blocks during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. Person, a native of Glendive, Mont., who played offensive lineman at Montana State, says it's a dream come true to be playing in Sunday's Super Bowl after previously being cut from three teams that went on to play in the NFL title game - the 49ers in 2012, the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 and the Atlanta Falcons in 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
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GLENDIVE, Mont. - A standout football player raised in Glendive, Montana will take to the big stage Sunday during the Super Bowl.

In the small town of 5,000, Mike Person has always stood out.

"He was one of the best players I ever had in high school, let’s put it that way," said Jim Person, Mike's dad.

He once walked through these halls as a Red Devil.

"He really devoted himself to everything he did," said Jess Johnson, a former teammate of Mike's.

Flipping through the pages of his high school career inspires others to follow in his footsteps.

"We can say, just because we're in small town eastern Montana, you can still have dreams and work hard to make those," said Ryan Buckley, athletic director for Dawson County High School.

Connecting the wires of the old VCR brings back memories for his father Jim, who was also his high school coach.

"It's something that he worked on, it’s not something that comes easy to anybody, but he understood that if you put the work in, put the time in, things are going to pay off," said Jim.

And behind him, is the entire town of Glendive.

"Our town is a buzz right now," said Buckley.

At the Jock Stop, Hometown Proud is being stamped on t-shirts.

"It really took off, really fast. We have 900 shirts boxed up and ready to go," said Lara Crighton, the owner of the Jock Stop.

To cheer on the man who left an imprint on the town.

"There's a lot of people from Glendive who are doing a lot of amazing things, but nobody who is quite in the spotlight nationally like Mike. He's starting, you hear his name, and he's such a huge supporter of his hometown," said Crighton.

Signs hung from homes and businesses can be seen up and down streets.

"The town has gotten behind him, and Mike knows that. He always credits growing up in Eastern Montana as part of his success," said Jim.

In anticipation to see Mike shine on a national stage.

"I talked to him on Sunday, he says, 'dad, I can’t believe I’m going to be in the Super Bowl,' I said, 'yeah I know, but you've earned every minute of it,'" said Jim.

A small town, full of big dreams and devoted fans.