Mooresville banker Cliff Hunnicutt has known J.R. Sweezy of the Seattle Seahawks since the 6-foot-5, 298-pound NFL guard was a kid.
“It’s just such a huge success story, and a local boy you feel so good about,” Hunnicutt said of the 25-year-old former Mooresville High School and N.C. State University standout who on Sunday will vie for his second straight Super Bowl ring.
To honor Sweezy and his family, blueharbor bankwill collect donations in separate jars – one for the Seahawks and the other for the New England Patriots – Friday for Alzheimer’s research. Jars will be at the bank’s Mooresville and Huntersville locations from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hunnicutt, a vice president at the bank, said blueharbor will announce its prediction of the Super Bowl winner based on which jar receives the most donations.
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Sweezy’s grandfather on his mom’s side is in the late stages of the disease and now lives at home in Mooresville with his family.
J.R. Sweezy’s mom, Susan, said she’s honored by the fundraiser. She also has raised money for the Western North Carolina chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, about $2,500 total through the sale of her son’s “It Ain’t Eezy Bein’ Sweezy” shirts. All proceeds go to the association.
Her dad, Gene Wilhelm, founded Port City Electric Co. in Mooresville and built it into a thriving business, she said. Now he doesn’t recognize her, Susan Sweezy said.
She said she’s known Hunnicutt for years through their involvement in Mooresville’s youth athletic league. Hunnicutt also opened her first business account many years ago.
“It means a lot to me and J.R.,” Susan Sweezy, 49, said of Friday’s effort. “I’m very humbled Cliff and blueharbor are doing this.”