Jan 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks during media day for Super Bowl XLIX at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Tom Brady. One of the original “Michigan Men,” Brady’s success in New England is still tied to his alma mater, the University of Michigan. As a result, plenty in the state still consider him a favorite son. Another Super Bowl title would likely elevate Brady into rarified “best ever?” air. For a guy who’s remained humble throughout, it’s hard not to appreciate his rise from once Wolverine backup and starter to a dominating NFL star. Another Super Bowl win would provide a fascinating chapter to his already stocked book.
2. James Develin. Looking for a Detroit-style underdog story? Look no further than Develin, the Patriots’ fullback who is very unheralded. As the story goes, Develin was forced to toil away in the Arena League just to earn a chance to be a walk-on in the NFL, putting aside a possible engineering career to do what he loved. Once he made it, though, he stuck it out and has enjoyed success. That story is worth appreciating, and his persistence could tip the scales for many.
3. Halting Seattle momentum. A Patriots victory might help Seattle take a few steps back. Before their amazing late-season run, the Sehawks seemed to be teetering on the brink of collapse. Arguably, they even seemed that way during the NFC Championship, a narrow win over the Packers in which everything went right. A resounding New England win could help plant some seeds of doubt in the minds of the Seahawks. That’s not something Lions’ fans should mind, especially as the team sets its sights on being an NFC contender and a playoff force in the near future.
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