My favorite stories are underdogs overcoming the odds. They always have been and probably always will be. For that reason alone, I loved last night's Super Bowl 49. Initially, I was pleased to see that not one 5 star recruit (highest high school ranking) started in the game. What impressed me even more is many of the game's heroes were not only considered sub-par out of high school, but also sub-par out college. Let's take a quick look at the underdog playmakers on each team.
Julian Edelman - Game winning TD - 7th Round Draft Pick
Danny Amendola - 1 TD - Undrafted
Malcolm Butler - Game winning INT - Undrafted
Michael Bennet - 4 QB knockdowns - Undrafted
Chris Matthews - 109 rec yards - 1 TD - Undrafted
Doug Baldwin - 1 TD - Undrafted
Obviously underdogs, and obviously difference makers in the biggest sporting event of the year. This fascinates me. I love the power of the human spirit and what it can accomplish. Well done gentlemen, you just made my day.