NFL pro linebacker and Danbury High alum, Austin Calitro received a special celebratory welcome home.

The 6-foot, 240-pound Calitrol is not only a Danbury High grad but also attended Park Ave. school according to a recent article in the NewsTimes. He is now a proud member of the Seattle Seahawks and was the guest of honor this past Thursday during halftime at the Hatters basketball game against Trumbull.

Friends, family, and fans gathered around center court as his former coach, Dan Donovan presented him with a Hatter's jacket and in turn, Calitrol gave the school a Seahawks jersey. In 2017 after playing as an undrafted free agent with the Jets, Browns, 49ers, and Seahawks, Seattle finally picked him up as a defensive linebacker for the 2018 season. He played his college ball at Villanova.

Calitrol, who grew up in Danbury was honored by his high school where he seized the opportunity to sign autographs and talk with students, family and friends. When asked how it felt to be back in Danbury, Calitrol said,

It's definitely cool. Growing up I had (former Brookfield and UCONN standout) Scott Lutrus as my role model. I'm glad others appreciate it when I'm able to come back here.