When Jeff Heath graduated from Lake Orion High School in 2009, he was a part of some of the most successful football teams in the program's history, including the 2008 state finalist.
Individually, though, he was just one component of the larger team, a team captain and All-North player, but not an All-State standout. Working his way into a scholarship at Saginaw Valley State, then onto an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent, he epitomizes an intense work ethic.
A decade after leaving Lake Orion, he is the national face of the program, entering his sixth NFL season with the Dallas Cowboys.
He still remembers his roots, returning July 9 for his annual football camp at Lake Orion High School.
The two-day morning camp for third through eighth graders featured Heath getting involved with the senior Dragons football players, each teaching a different aspect of the game.
"This community did so much for me growing up and they provided such a good football program to be a part of, all we had to do was show up and work hard -- everything else was given to us," Heath said. "I just want to give those guys the same feeling I had when I was their age. Just provide them all the resources to help them be successful football players and successful men. That's what we're doing."