Back in New Jersey, former Rutgers football teammates watched proudly with the massive Scarlet Knight presence at Super Bowl LI.
Be it more rings for the New England crew or a first-time accomplishment for Mohamed Sanu, former Rutgers team captains felt pride in their alma mater.
“For as much as the program has gone through in the last couple of years, it reaffirms who we are,” said two-time Rutgers team captain Mike Teel. “We've got great people in the program and out of the program that are former players They represented us great all week.”
Teel, Don Bosco Prep's offensive coordinator. spent a brief time in the Patriots program before he decided to coach. Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn was a rising star in Seattle during Teel's time with the Seahawks.
While Tom Brady stole the show in an overtime victory for the Patriots, five former Rutgers football players add Super Bowl rings, including three starters and a coach.
“I definitely think it's a big day for Rutgers,” said former Rutgers defensive end and broadcaster Jamaal Westerman. “We got another Super Bowl ring no matter what. To have that consistency where we've always had guys in the NFL but now it's guys that we always have in the Super Bowl. I don't want to root against Mo. I don't want to root against Dev. It's just a great time to root for Rutgers.”
Look for a strong Rutgers presence, and perhaps the Scarlet Knight himself, in Foxboro for the Patriots' latest victory parade.
As Bill Belichick would say, it was a good day for Rutgers.
“This says that when we came here, coach [Greg] Schiano prepared us like professionals,” said 2008 Rutgers captain Kevin Malast. “Act professional on and off the field, how to get involved in the community. If you're following these guys, they're not just doing great things on the field. They're doing great things in their community. We're all very similar in that mold. I think Chris Ash is going to carry that over. I really believe that.”