Kearse's HS teacher: 'He just won your heart'

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING News

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Posted on January 28, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 11:17 AM

We like to think all of the Seahawks consider Seattle home, but only one player went to high school here and played college in Seattle: Jermaine Kearse.

Darrellene Canada's history class is no joke. But after teaching at Lakes High School in Lakewood for 22 years, she has a soft spot for her most successful students.

"I can't imagine I'm going to cry because these guys think I'm hard," Canada said. "And I am because I want you to be somebody."

Right now she is most proud of former student and current Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse, whose touchdown catch against San Francisco helped put the team into the Super Bowl.

She remembers Kearse as a polite, hard-working kid.

"Jermaine, he just won your heart," Canada said.

"During class time Jermaine was only about work, OK, and he tuned out everybody," said Canada.

The focus on the high school field got the attention of college coaches.

"I used to tell recruiters when they came through you could give him the Heisman trophy tonight and he'd be the first guy in the weight room in the morning," said Dave Miller, Lakes football coach.

Miller said Kearse, who also starred for the Washington Huskies and graduated, is a great example of how athletes can be students too.

"He had to have a good GPA and grades can get you anywhere you want in life," Miller said.

The No. 15 jersey is not the Seahawks top seller but it is at Lakes.

While she's no football fan, Canada will of course be watching Sunday. She knows Kearse can succeed under pressure. After all, he survived her class.

"On our worst day, when you think we're being the meanest it's because we actually have great aspirations for you," Canada said. "Ahem, we want you to be all God created you to be."

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