Mayor Ken Welch Recognizes Super Bowl Champion and State Basketball Champ Winners

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Mayor Ken Welch Recognizes Super Bowl Champion and State Basketball Championship Winners at City Council Meeting

Former Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Gibbs Coach Larry Murphy to Receive Keys to the City, Gibbs Basketball Players to Receive Distinguished Awards

St. Petersburg, FL (March 19, 2024) - On Thursday, March 21, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Gibbs High School Basketball Coach Larry Murphy, and the Gibbs High School Basketball Team will be recognized for their remarkable achievements and the impact they've had on Tampa Bay. Both Mr. Valdes-Scantling and Coach Murphy will receive Keys to the City; each Gibbs student-athlete will receive a Distinguished Citizen Award.

St. Petersburg Mayor Kenneth T. Welch and St. Petersburg City Council Chair Deborah Figgs-Sanders will make the presentations and present resolutions on behalf of the City. Several Pinellas County school board members will also be in attendance to celebrate.

City Council Meeting Details:
Thursday, March 21, 2024
1:30 p.m., Council Chambers
City Hall, 175 5th St. N

Marquez Valdes-Scantling: Marquez Valdes-Scantling is originally from St. Petersburg and attended Lakewood High School. He played college football for the University of South Florida and was drafted to the NFL by the Green Bay Packers in 2018. As wide receiver with the Kansas City Chiefs, he was a member of the championship team that won both the 2023 Super Bowl (LVII) and the 2024 Super Bowl (LVIII).

Larry Murphy: Larry Murphy, the head basketball coach and PE teacher at Gibbs High School, led the Gibbs High School Gladiators Boys Basketball team to a third consecutive trip to the final four, securing the state championship victory for the first time in 55 years. The Gladiators defeated Andrew Jackson High School to win the title game on March 1, 2024.