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Vineland holds a parade for Chiefs Star local hero Isiah Pacheco

It’s been a pretty long year for Vineland’s Isiah ‘Pop’ Pacheco, who went from growing up playing football at Vineland to scoring a touchdown in Kansas City’s Super Bowl win against the Eagles.

Vineland will officially welcome its hometown son with a parade.

On Wednesday, Vineland Mayor Anthony Fanucci announced plans are underway for a Super Bowl victory parade and rally in recognition of the Kansas City Chief’s running back.

The “Parade For Pop” is scheduled for Sunday 23 April starting at 11:00.

In less than a year, Isiah ‘Pop’ Pacheco went from being a late round pick in the NFL draft to a star player on the Super Bowl winning team. But, to fans of him at Vineland, Pop has been great for years now.

As a senior at Vineland, Pacheco rushed for over 1000 yards and 18 touchdowns and threw for 598 yards and three touchdowns. He had a successful college career at Rutgers before joining the Chiefs last season.

“So many Cumberland County residents are eager to show their admiration for Isiah’s accomplishments,” Mayor Fanucci said. Champion and for being a wonderful ambassador for the city of Vineland.”

Even as a lifelong Eagles fan, it’s hard not to be excited by this great story about a local product and its recognition by its hometown.

There were many tragedies in his young life along with his success playing football. While still in high school, Pacheco mourned the loss of his brother, Tavaris Cannon, and sister, Celeste Cannon.

His brother was stabbed to death in Bridgeton in 2016 and his sister was shot and killed the following year in Millville, leaving three children.

Final details regarding the parade route and venue are still being finalized and will be announced shortly.

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