WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Students at St. Mary's School in Wilmington had a special treat at a morning pep rally that featured a big league guest.
Connor Barth, current Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker, St. Mary's alum, and former Hoggard and UNC standout, came home to speak to students as part of "Catholic School Week."
The pep rally got students and faculty riled up as the St. Mary's basketball team got ready to face off against the St. Mark's squad.
Barth says that playing in the NFL is a dream come true, and wouldn't have been possible without the education he received here in Wilmington.
"St. Mary's has been great to me," Barth said. "They kind of gave me my foundation and core values, so it's great to come back and give back and talk to these kids."
With the NFL's biggest game Sunday, Barth also took some time to break down the Super Bowl matchup.
"I think Pittsburgh's going to win, because Roethlisberger is tough to compete with, but I'm pulling for the Packers," he said.
This year was Barth's second season with the Buccaneers and third in the NFL.
Even though the Bucs are the youngest team in the league, they surprised many and finished with a 10-6 record and narrowly missed out on a trip to the playoffs. Barth says next year they're the team to watch.