Officials at Stephenville High School have designated the Yellow Jackets football home opener tonight as “Kevin Kolb Night.”

The No. 4 jersey Kolb wore while playing for SHS will be retired during a halftime ceremony, according to Chad Morris, director of athletics.

“This is a great opportunity to recognize Kevin and what he means to our community and our school,” Morris said.

Kolb’s parents, Roy and Lanell Kolb, will represent Kevin during the ceremony. The Philadelphia Eagles back-up quarterback is unable to attend due to preparations for the team’s regular season opener at Green Bay Sunday. Former Stephenville Head Football Coach Mike Copeland will also participate in the festivities.

The first 500 kids through the gates of Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium tonight will receive commemorative T-shirts bearing Kolb’s name and number. The Yellow Jackets’ logo is on the jersey-like shirt, as well as logos of the University of Houston, where Kolb re-wrote most of the school’s passing records, and the Philadelphia Eagles. The T-shirts were donated by Barefoot Athletics and First Financial Bank.

Kolb was the Eagles’ first pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. He was selected 36th overall in the second round. He spread his eagle wings and was flying high throughout the preseason, completing 26 of 37 pass attempts for 242 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh, before going 22-33 for 220 yards and a score against the New York Jets.

Kickoff tonight is set for 7:30 p.m. Kolb shirts are expected to be gone much earlier.

Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at brad.keith@empiretribune.com.