The next Lehigh Valley celebrity discovery in honor of our Discover Lehigh Valley contest is ...

Born in Hokendauqua, standout student athlete at Whitehall High School, All-American defensive tackle at Penn State, former linebacker for the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins, and ex-President/CEO of the Detroit Lions, Matt Millen.

 

“My favorite Lehigh Valley discovery has always been my own outdoor adventures as a kid.

When I was a kid, my neighborhood was all farmland, so I would be out exploring all the time. Everything was new to me. There are a lot of places where I would explore, from the little creeks that spread throughout the region, to following the Lehigh River route, to just being out in the woods at all the different parks.

 

I can remember heading down to the old “Hokey” playground at Hokendauqua Park. My friends and I did what all the kids I knew did back then - we roamed around outside and tried to catch salamanders or snakes. I was always out in the woods or in a stream, looking for whatever came my way. Between that and playing sports, it’s all I ever did. Football was a big deal, from Hokendauqua youth football through high school. And it’s still the same way today. That’s the beauty of Lehigh Valley.”

Well, that's it for this week - check back next week for the rest of our celebrity discoveries. And don't forget, we'll be selecting the next winner in the Discover Lehigh Valley contest on Monday, May 24 so be sure to submit a photo or short write-up on your favorite Lehigh Valley discovery to be eligible to win!