Carthon billboard to be unveiled Saturday

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

There will be a public unveiling of the Maurice Carthon billboard on Saturday, at 4 p.m., on the grounds of the Osceola Water Tower (West), on West Keiser Avenue.

Program participants will include Maurice Carthon, Phillip Beall (Maurice’s high school coach), representatives of the city, Chamber, committee, and the Osceola High School Class of 1979. Following the unveiling, a reception will be held in the Osceola High School cafeteria.

The Maurice Carthon Billboard Committee was established to secure private funds to erect a billboard in honor of Osceola native, Maurice Carthon. Carthon, a 1979 graduate of Osceola High School, was a two-time all-conference honoree in football where he played tight end. In basketball, he was named M.V.P. as the Seminoles won their second state championship in three years.

Following high school, he attended Arkansas State University on a football scholarship and was a two-time All-Southland Conference selection.

Carthon began his professional football career with the USFL’s New Jersey Generals. After playing in the USFL, he launched his NFL career with the New York Giants. He won two championship rings with the Giants in Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXV. He retired as a player in 1992, and began professional coaching duties in New England, New York (Jets), Detroit, Dallas, Cleveland, Arizona, and Kansas City. In 2004, Carthon was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and was selected as a member of the ASU Letterman’s Club Hall of Honor in 2006. He now resides in Jonesboro and is a member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Osceola.

The public is invited to both the unveiling at the Water Tower as well as the reception at the Osceola High School cafeteria. The committee members include: Jacqueline Baker, Monica Harris, Jerry Henry, Rosalind McClendon and Bryant Whitted.