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Trojans to honor memory of Leesburg native, fallen Marine Sutton this season

Shown here is the patch that the Lee County football team will wear all season to honor former Trojans football star and Leesburg native Steven Sutton, who was killed in the line of duty as a member of the U.S. Marines overseas earlier this year.

Shown here is the patch that the Lee County football team will wear all season to honor former Trojans football star and Leesburg native Steven Sutton, who was killed in the line of duty as a member of the U.S. Marines overseas earlier this year.

LEESBURG — Steven Sutton’s name and memory will live forever at Lee County, where Sutton was one of the team’s top offensive linemen as a senior.

This year’s football team will honor Sutton by wearing a patch with his name on the helmets this season. The patch says “Lance CPL. Steven Sutton” with a red, white and blue ribbon in the background.

Sutton, who was a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marines, gave his life for his country in Afghanistan.

“It’s something all the coaches wanted to do,’’ said Lee County football coach Dean Fabrizio, who has been at Lee for four years. “I didn’t know him, but many of our coaches did, and we felt like this was a good way we could honor him. He played football at Lee County. Everyone always says what a great guy he was.’’

Lee County athletic director Rob Williams knew Sutton as a student and an athlete.

“He was the gentle giant,’’ Williams said of the young man known as “Big Steve” around school. “He was a very polite young man. He was friendly with everybody, coaches, teachers — everyone really liked him. He was a big teddy bear in the hallways, but once he got on the football field, he would really get after you.

“I like that we are doing this, honoring him. It’s something our program felt we wanted to do to honor him.’’