By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett will have his No. 18 Clovis High football jersey retired today in a ceremony at halftime of the Clovis-Carlsbad boys basketball game at Rock Staubus gym today.
Baskett will be the 11th player in Clovis football history to have his jersey retired — the other 10 players were posthumously honored.
Clovis athletic director Brian Stacy said Baskett’s purple No. 18 jersey will be placed in the main foyer of the Rock, while a plaque will be presented to Baskett’s parents, Hank Jr. and Judy.
Clovis head football coach Eric Roanhaus and assistant football coach Darren Kelley will present Baskett with the honor.
Baskett caught 22 passes for 464 yards and two touchdowns with the NFC East champion Eagles this season as a rookie free agent. He was also named the NFL Rookie of the Week twice.
Stacy said Baskett doesn’t want too much attention drawn to him.
“He doesn’t want to do anything major,” Stacy said. “He’s not that type of guy.”
The idea to retire Baskett’s jersey started as a brainchild of the current Clovis High School coaches, especially Kelley, who was also Baskett’s track coach.
“It’s an honor he’s definitely earned,” Kelley said. “It’s not every day you have a guy in the NFL.”
While at Clovis, Baskett also starred on the basketball and track teams, but Kelley said he was more than just a great athlete.
“I was around him long enough to know what kind of a person he is,” Kelley said. “I think it’s a great honor for him and for his family.”
From 1998 to 2000, Baskett passed his way into the Clovis record books. He is second all-time in pass attempts with 271, third all-time in passing yards with 1,581, third in completions with 91, and third in passing touchdowns with 17.
Baskett played college football at the University of New Mexico.