Former Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix doesn't play in Wisconsin anymore, but he's finishing a job he started while he was in the Green and Gold.
Monday, Clinton-Dix opened the second "Ha Ha's HERO Headquarters" at Mendota Elementary School in Madison. Ha Ha's Hero Foundation renovates current school space and utilizes vacant classroom space to build stimulating reading areas for school children. Mendota received more than 600 brand new books, beanbag chairs, regular chairs, and new carpet for its Headquarters.
"Green Bay put me in position to help others. Just being able to give back has been really important to me," Clinton-Dix said after the ribbon-cutting. "Education is a tool that we all need at a young age, and I just want to be an advocate for that."
The 26-year-old admitted he wasn't the biggest fan of reading when he was in grade school, but that changed when he was motivated by fresh surroundings
"Just being able to sit down and enjoy reading. Not just being in a classroom, at a desk, and forced to read. It became more fun once I saw colors around me. Once I had somebody to push me to read. Just wanna have fun doing it, and I think that's what kids need."
The Packers took Ha Ha in the first round of the 2014 draft. He played four and half seasons in Green Bay before being traded to Washington last year. The Bears signed him to one-year contract this offseason, and Clinton-Dix couldn't be happier to join one of the best defenses in the NFL.
"It just goes to show that my talent isn't going unnoticed. It's up to me to continue to build my legacy. And I'm happy to be a party of this Chicago organization. The team has something special going on, and I'm proud to be with Nagy."
Ha Ha racked up 390 tackles and 14 interceptions with the Packers. He played nine games with the Redskins last year, tallying 66 tackles.