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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is riding some serious post-Super Bowl buzz in his hometown of Augusta, Ga. He spent last weekend at the Masters, where he once worked as a scoreboard operator, and he now owns a ceremonial key to the city.

The Augusta Chronicle has all the details from Whisenhunt's appearance there Thursday as a guest of the Boy Scouts. Among the nuggets of information:

  • Richmond Academy, which claims on its site to have been "leading and following, teaching and learning for a global community since 1783" -- retired the No. 12 football jersey Whisenhunt wore at the high school during his Muskateers career. Whisenhunt played there in the late 1970s before earning a degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech.
  • Whisenhunt is himself an Eagle Scout, which means he likely earned at least 21 merit badges, assuming basic requirements have not changed.
  • Baseball great and Augusta GreenJackets owner Cal Ripken Jr. was there as part of the Friends of Scouting dinner.
  • Whisenhunt received a police escort and a seat next to Ripken at the GreenJackets' home opener.
  • Whisenhunt said he was "a little uncomfortable [with all the attention] because I really believe I'm just one of the guys."
Previously: ESPN video of Whisenhunt from the Masters.

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