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Former Westover star, Panthers leading WR Savage un-retires, will play again in 2013

Former Westover star Antwone Savage said Monday he can't wait to tell his students at Turner Elementary, where he's a teacher, that he's decided to come back and play another season with the Albany Panthers. (Herald file photo)

Former Westover star Antwone Savage said Monday he can't wait to tell his students at Turner Elementary, where he's a teacher, that he's decided to come back and play another season with the Albany Panthers. (Herald file photo)

ALBANY — It’s Antwone Savage’s mind, and he’s allowed to change it.

And that’s exactly what the Albany Panthers’ star wideout did over the weekend.

After declaring to the world at the end of last season that he was calling it a career no matter what happened at the conclusion of the Panthers’ playoff run, Savage told The Herald on Monday that “I’m ready to do this one more time.”

“I mean, I can’t leave my boys out there. I had to join them,” said the former Westover and Oklahoma football star, referring to the recent announcement that nearly every key piece of last year’s championship team was coming back for one last hurrah. “When I see all my brothers out there coming back, I’m not gonna just sit around when I can still do this. Plus, this team looks even better (on paper) than last year’s, so hopefully I’ll just add to that.”

There’s little doubt he will.

Savage led the Panthers last year with 57 catches for 896 yards and 20 touchdowns in just 10 games. And while he’ll be 32 by the time the 2013 season rolls around, age is just a number, says Savage.

“I definitely feel like I still have it. We just won the title six months ago. It hasn’t been that long,” said Savage, who works full-time as a teacher at Turner Elementary School, where he has countless young fans who come to every game just to watch him play. “I haven’t even told anyone yet. I’ll do that (today when the team announces it). Everyone’s been asking me if I was coming back, and I can’t wait to tell them I am.

“We’ve got another championship to win.”

Albany, the two-time defending league champion, opens its season March 9 at the Louisiana Swashbucklers.