Lovett Purnell

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Lovett Purnell enjoyed a four-year National Football League career after achieving phenomenal athletic success at Seaford High School, Valley Forge Military Academy and West Virginia University.
The highlight of Purnell’s NFL career was playing in the Super Bowl as a tight end with New England in 1997. He spent three years with the Patriots before being traded to Baltimore. Lovett was a
four-year starter at Seaford in football, basketball and baseball. He was named first team All-State a total of five times in three major sports, and starred in the Delaware All-Star game in each
sport. In football, Purnell led the state in scoring and was named the News Journal Player of the Year. In the Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game, he became the first player in history to win both
major awards – The Jim Williams Sportsmanship Award and MVP. In basketball, he finished his career with 1,563 points, second only at Seaford to Delino DeShields. After a brilliant high school
baseball career, he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. Lovett chose to attend Valley Forge, where he was captain and MVP in all three sports and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. At
WVU, he was a football captain, and All Big East selection. Lovett led the team in receptions, setting a WVU single-season record for tight ends. Named the team MVP, he was also named to the WVU
All-Century team. While playing in the Carquest Bowl, Lovett caught two touchdown passes. 



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