NFL's Reynolds tackles giving back in Suffolk Super Bowl Weekend

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by Joe Flanagan, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 1 at 8:40 PM

SUFFOLK -- While most NFL players' focus is the Super Bowl this weekend, Jacksonville Jaguar linebacker LaRoy Reynolds gave a lot of attention to something that will last beyond the big game.

Reynolds worked side-by-side with his father as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads. They and others were part of a home renovation.

“I am grateful just to give back, and like I said, these guys over here these are the heroes. I am just falling in line,” explained the former Maury High School and University of Virginia football player.

The work Saturday will allow single mother Malika Traynham move into the house sometime in May.

Traynham and her children have to put in many hours with Habitat, too. Normally

“I just moved out of my rental property, and I am staying with family and friends until this gets done, but it’s pretty exciting knowing that you are working on your own property and seeing it just develop from start to finish,” said Traynham.

“This is a big one, so I think she has about 350 hours of sweat equity that she and her family members are doing,” said Wayne Lavender, executive director of Habitat For Humanity South Hampton Roads.

Lavender said  the number of hours a family must work normally ranges from 200-400 hours, depending on the size of the family.

Although Reynolds' primary concern was reno work Saturday, with the Super Bowl this weekend, 13News Now asked the rookie linebacker his prediction for the game which pits his friends Vince Painter (Denver tackle) and Kam Chancellor (Seattle safety) against each other.

“Oh, it’s hard, you know, 'cause I have Vince who plays for the Broncos and Kam plays for Seattle, so I can’t really choose, so I am just going to stay neutral on that one,” laughed Reynolds.

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