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Long Beach Poly athlete honored

March 25, 2009 |  9:50 am

It might seem like George Daily-Lyles had enough on his plate finishing high school, playing linebacker on the football team and picking a college.

Not quite.

The Long Beach Poly star was named today as the Play It Smart National Student-Athlete of the Month, honored by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame for excelling at all of the above while devoting himself to a range of community activities.

Daily-Lyles has done volunteer work for groups such as Habitat for Humanity, the Long Beach Rescue Mission and Miller's Children's Hospital, as well as mentoring local schoolchildren.

"Volunteering at the soup kitchen was one of the most beneficial activities we did," Daily-Lyles said. "It really put life into perspective, it reminds you to be humble."

The Play It Smart program encourages high school athletes to be successful in class and become community leaders. After captaining his team to a 14-1 record and a CIF Southern Section title, Daily-Lyles has signed a letter of intent to play for Hawaii.

"George is one of these extraordinary student athletes," National Football Foundation Chairman Archie Manning said. "We look forward to following the bright future of this remarkable young man."

-- David Wharton