Super Bowl XLVII: Players To Root For

Sometimes, even if you’re a devoted fan of the game of football, it might be tough to really get excited about the Super Bowl. Maybe you’re still bitter over your team’s playoff defeat. Or your team’s numerous regular season defeats. Perhaps your significant other doesn’t care for football and is becoming a constant distraction. Well, fear not, for here is a sure-fire way to absolve those and many more issues. Find an individal player to root for. Nothing gets someone invested in a game like tugging at their heartstrings a bit. To help this cause, here’s a list of the top players to root for in Super Bowl 47. Cue the cheesy inspirational music!

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Torrey Smith

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The guy is a fighter, through and through. Read this story if you haven’t already. If that doesn’t get your ticker going, then how about this one. The Super Bowl will obviously mean a lot to Torrey from a professional level, but it likely goes much, much deeper than that. Watching his story unfold will be a highlight of Super Bowl Sunday.

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Ray Lewis

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Putting his past transgressions aside, Ray Lewis will go down in history as one of the greatest middle linebackers of all-time. And for his swan song of a season to lead him to one last shot at a Lombardi trophy is pretty remarkable. He’s played his heart out this postseason as well, recording a team-high 44 tackles, and continues to be his team’s emotional leader.

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Michael Oher

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You saw the Blind Side, right? Of course you did! Michael Oher, the real guy the movie is based on, is the starting right tackle for the Ravens. Need I say more?

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Ed Reed

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Aside from being an all-pro safety and likely hall-of-famer, Ed Reed is returning home for the Super Bowl. Reed was born roughly 30 minutes outside of New Orleans, so you can bet some of his family will be in attendance or watching the game closely. As should you if you want to root for this great player on the game’s greatest stage.

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Colin Kaepernick

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The budding super star put on a quarterbacking clinic in the divisional round against the Green Bay Packers, and followed it up by staying poised and leading the 49ers to victory after being down by 17 in the championship game. Kaepernick’s continued ascent can be attributed to his tremendous work ethic, as his teammates and former coach can attest.  Oh, and he has a giant pet tortoise, so there’s that.

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Vernon Davis

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Why root for Vernon Davis? How about because the sixth overall draft pick in 2006 went from being a selfish star with an attitude problem to a humble, team-oriented playmaker? Mike Singletary famously burned Davis in a postgame press conference (included above) after ejecting him for a personal foul penalty, leading Davis to turn his career around and become a Pro Bowl player. Seeing him cap off his emotional and professional turnaround with a Super Bowl win would be special.

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Randy Moss

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One of the all-time great wide receivers, with one last shot at an elusive Super Bowl title? I’m interested! Moss has been part of some incredible teams (15-1 Vikings, 16-0 Patriots), yet more incredibly has never won the big one. If you’re anti-Ray Lewis, then turn your fandom to Moss on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Patrick Willis

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One of the best current linebackers in the game, Patrick Willis leads by example and lets his play do the talking. The former defensive rookie of the year, and six time all-pro has worked hard to reach this point, and he deserves your support as he plays for the biggest accolade in the NFL: a Super Bowl ring.

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