It's been nine years since Redskins tight end Niles Paul graduated from Omaha North High School in his hometown of Omaha, Neb., but he still has legendary status there.
On Friday night, Paul and six others were inducted into the Vikings of Distinction Hall of Fame.
Paul was a master of many at Omaha North, having played football, track and basketball. In football, Paul helped North to a 9-2 record, and a trip to the Class A state quarterfinals. He was named a first-team All-Nebraska and first-team All-Metro selection by the Omaha World-Herald. He was also one of 58 players selected as a Parade All-American.
Paul had 32 receptions and 10 touchdowns catches in his junior season, and averaged 25.6 yards per kickoff return. In his senior season, Paul caught 46 passes for 813 yards and 13 touchdowns. Additionally, Paul averaged nearly 18 yards per reception, and he averaged 18 yards per punt return.
He was invited to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, where he led the West team in receiving yards.
Paul would go on to play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 2007-2010, and be the the first signee there from Omaha North since 1998. He was named as one of the top 20 receiving prospects in the country by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. He finished his career with 103 receptions for 1,532 yards and 5 touchdowns. His career total of 4,122 all-purpose yards ranks fifth all-time in Nebraska history.
Despite everything he's done in his career, Paul hasn't forgotten where he's come from. He continues to give back to Omaha North and their football program both financially and with his time, as he takes time out of his schedule to mentor the team. His family was a primary fundraiser for a scholarship which recognizes a North volunteer.