Super Bowl XLVI is less than a week away. Both the New England Patriots and the New York Giants are already in Indianapolis gearing up for the biggest sporting event of the year. One former Kansas Jayhawks player is getting the opportunity to go the the Super Bowl after narrowly missing out on one in 2010.
According to Matt Tait of KU Sports, former Jayhawks linebacker Mike Rivera was with the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers for nearly all of 2010, but missed out on going to the Super Bowl when the Miami Dolphins activated him for their last regular-season game of the year.
Rivera is now with the practice squad of the Patriots and he's grateful for another shot at making it to the grandest stage in professional football. Here is what Rivera had to say:
It's unbelievable. Who would've thought after going to Miami and going through camp there and then getting released, that I'd be in this position?"
It's pretty amazing to be a part of all this. Being a part of the Green Bay program was amazing, too. And they went and won it, and I wasn't there, but the next year, to have it happen again, it's unbelievable.
I want to be on the field, too, but I do my part to contribute, and they definitely make you feel like part of the team. You're part of the family."
Getting a chance to go to the Super Bowl ... I couldn't imagine anything better in the sports world.
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