Former Pro Bowlers attending Bogalusa spring game Friday

Published 10:58 am Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bogalusa’s spring game takes place Friday at home with junior high beginning at 4 p.m. and high school starting at 5 p.m.

Three teams are competing, Bogalusa, Mentorship Academy and South Plaquemines.

Several former NFL pro bowlers will be at the game, including Dalton Hilliard, Ricky Jackson, George Rogers and Hugh Green.

Hilliard, a running back, played all eight of his NFL seasons in the Crescent City for the New Orleans Saints (1986-1993).

Over his career, Hilliard ran for 4,164 yards on 1,126 carries (3.7 per attempt) and 39 touchdowns. His best season came in 1989, the year he went to the Pro Bowl, after running for 1,262 yards on 344 attempts (3.7) and 13 touchdowns. Hilliard played in all 16 games that season. His carries, yards and touchdowns were career highs.

Jackson’s Hall of Fame career spanned 15 seasons (1981-1995) with the first 13 coming in New Orleans.

The six-time pro bowler played left outside linebacker for the Black and Gold before moving to right defensive end during his final two seasons, which were in San Francisco.

For his career, Jackson made 1,173 tackles and 128 sacks. Jackson’s tackle totals reached triple digits five times. His best total was 125. Jackson finished with eight interceptions. He forced 40 fumbles and recovered 29.

Rogers, a running back, had a seven-year NFL career (1981-1987). The first four were with the Saints before his final three seasons with Washington. The running back ran for 7,176 career yards on 1,692 carries (4.2) and 54 touchdowns. The two-time pro bowler’s top rushing season was in 1981, his first year with the Saints, when he had 1,674 yards on 378 carries (4.4) and 13 touchdowns. His carries and yards were career high. His top TD year was 18 in 1986 as a member of Washington. Rogers, who won the Heisman Trophy in college, will be bringing it for display.

Green played linebacker for 10 years in the NFL (1981-1991). He played with Tampa Bay and Miami. The two-time pro bowler tallied 34.3 sacks for his career. He had six interceptions and returned two for touchdowns. He also recovered seven fumbles.

Bogalusa coach David Roberts said they are excited about having these guests for the game.

“We’re just excited to have people of that caliber take interest in Bogalusa athletics,” Roberts said. “We’re trying to get a new era started off right. Our kids are excited to play in front of the likes of these great athletes.”

Fans will be able to get autographs and take photos with the former NFL players.