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Jordan Gross talks humility with John Crosland students

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    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    Hannah Garthright, 13, gets her souvenir Carolina Panther helmet signed by Jordan Gross after the retired offensive tackle talked with students of The John Crosland School on Monday.
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    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    Former Carolina Panther Jordan Gross has some fun with first-grader Evan Emmanuelli, 8, in the hallway while greeting students at the John Crossland School on Monday.
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    Jordan Gross,right, and Dr. Sean Preston, head of school, look at one of the decorated Panther doors designed by school secretary and nurse Nancy Lukacik. Gross, a retired Carolina Panther offensive tackle, spoke to students of The John Crosland School on Monday as part of the character education program that encourages students to exhibit positive behavior at school and in the community. Humility is the character trait for the month of April. Gross told the students how humility played an important role in his professional work and upbringing. “Humility led to great opportunities, which was instrumental in my career,” Gross told students. He also judged the Panther door-decorating contest. Students and teachers decorated classroom doors to show support for the home team.
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    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    Retired Carolina Panther offensive tackle Jordan Gross spoke to students of The John Crosland School on Monday as part of the character education program that encourages students to exhibit positive behavior at school and in the community. Humility is the character trait for the month of April. Gross told the students how humility played an important role in his professional work and upbringing. “Humility led to great opportunities, which was instrumental in my career,” Gross told students. He also served as a judge of the Panther door-decorating contest. Students and teachers decorated classroom doors to show support for the home team.
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    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    Jordan Lampkin 13, gets his arm signed by Jordan Gross after the retired Carolina Panther offensive tackled talked to students of The John Crosland School on Monday as part of the character education program that encourages students to exhibit positive behavior at school and in the community. Humility is the character trait for the month of April. Gross told the students how humility played an important role in his professional work and upbringing. “Humility led to great opportunities, which was instrumental in my career,” Gross told students. He also served as a judge of the Panther door decorating contest. Students and teachers decorated classroom doors to show support for the home team.

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In one of his first appearances since announcing his retirement, former Carolina Panthers star Jordan Gross visited The John Crosland School in Charlotte on Monday to talk about the concept of humility and how it played a role in his career. The former All-Pro offensive tackle rode a school bus and served as the judge of a Panthers door-decorating contest. He also signed autographs and answered questions, staying far past his scheduled time to make sure no kids were left out.

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