McLeroy, Booster Club present Baugh with commemorative gift

Photo Credit: Kyle Roberts

A special season requires a special commemoration.

That’s exactly what legendary artist Reggie McLeroy presented to Ruston head football coach Jerrod Baugh to cap off the banquet as a gift by McLeroy and commissioned by the 2022 Bearcat Booster Club.

“I was completely taken aback that Reggie and the senior players did that for me,” Baugh said. “It will serve as a great and perfect memory of what this team has accomplished for this program, school, and community. I just feel really blessed that I was able to be a part of it.”

Titled Ruston Football “Rising to a Higher Level”, the picture captures McLeroy’s signature pencil drawing style with images that include Baugh addressing the team, the Superdome, and a football with the overall record of the 2022 season.

“This was really an incredible season,” McLeroy said. “Coach Baugh, his staff, and the players really took the football team to a higher level. We have that higher standard now, and we have to go back and continue to work hard. When I thought about this drawing, I knew I had taken a couple of pictures of him talking to the team that gave me inspiration.

“And the helmet raised up signifies that we are rising to that higher level. It’s going up like we are.”

McLeroy’s pictures will be presold as a run of 300 limited edition prints that will include an edition number along with his signature. The price will be $68 (including tax). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ruston Bearcat football team.

Sales will begin soon. Stay tuned to the Lincoln Parish Journal for more information on how to purchase a copy of the print.

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