Today we take a look at Ohio's part in this years Super Bowl. Ohio has its share of players getting ready for the big game, and we take a look at each of them.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
HEIGHT: 6-4 WEIGHT: 305
YEARS IN NFL: 3 YEARS/NE: 3
DATE OF BIRTH: 6-23-78
Greenville High School. While at Greenville, he was a linebacker and played guard, tackle and tight end. Matt was named Division II All-State as a linebacker and also earned All-Darke County, All-Conference and All-Southwest District honors as a senior. He earned Second-team All-league as a junior. In his rookie year, Light was a main clog along the offensive line. Drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2001 draft, Light has become a staple for the Pat's. While Matt may not have gotten the most press around Ohio during his days at Purdue, he's getting his fair share now and looking to earn his second Super Bowl ring in three years.
HEIGHT: 6-4 WEIGHT: 261
YEARS IN NFL: 7 YEARS/NE: 3
DATE OF BIRTH: 8-14-75
AKRON, OHIOCOLLEGE: THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Mike has seen a stellar career after making a name for himself at Ohio State. Drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 1997 draft, Vrabel signed with the Patriots as a unrestricted free agent in 2001. Mike played his high school ball for Walsh Jesuit High School, and received many honors during his prep career. Named a second team USA Today All-American, Mike also earned Ohio Player of the Year honors from the Columbus Touchdown Club. Mike was also voted District Player of the Year by the Akron Beacon Journal after his senior season. Mike also lettered in basketball and track, finishing 3rd in the shot put at the OHSAA state championships as a junior and 4th as a senior. Mike has a key play in Super Bowl XXXVI that helped the Patriots in the win over the Rams. Mike has become a main stay for the Patriots defense in his 3 seasons with the team.
HEIGHT: 6-1 WEIGHT: 207
YEARS IN NFL: 7 YEARS/NE: 3
DATE OF BIRTH: 8-15-72
COLLEGE: KENT STATE
Ken is not as well known, but played his high school ball for Euclid High School where he was a teammate of former Minnesota and Ohio State running back Robert Smith. Ken was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Carolina Panthers in 1997. The Panthers released Ken in April of 2001 and in October of 2001 he signed as a veteran free agent with the Patriots. During his prep days, Ken lettered in football and baseball and also excelled in the classroom.
The Patriots also have Gene Mruczkowski on its Reserve List - Injured. Gene played his college ball with Purdue, and was signed as a free agent in 2003. The 6-2 305 lb. OL was born on 6-6-80 and is a rookie.
HEIGHT: 6-0 WEIGHT: 225
YEARS IN NFL: 3 YEARS/CAR: 3
DATE OF BIRTH: 1-26-78
Nick signed with the Panthers as a undrafted rookie free agent in 2001. He was the only undrafted rookie free agent to make the Panthers 53 man roster. Nick had a great high school career at Dublin Scioto High School. He finished with 5,785 career rushing yards and 82 touchdowns, including 2,589 yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior in 1995. Nick signed with Ohio State and left for Pittsburgh after two seasons. Nick has seen spot duty as a starter for the Panthers, but has made his mark on special teams. This is the first Super Bowl for the Panthers and Nick.
Omari is on the Panthers practice squad. Omari played his high school football for Collingwood High School in Cleveland. While in high school, he played tight end and linebacker. He spent two years at Vermilion Junior College in Minnesota and signed with Buffalo were he started 13 games in his two seasons. After college, Omari signed with Baltimore and was waived prior to the start of the regular season. He was then picked up by Buffalo and was on their practice squad. The Panthers signed Omari and assigned him to their practice squad on 12-17-03 after he was waived by Buffalo prior to the regular season.