Chase Blackburn, linebacker, Giants
A few months ago, Chase Blackburn surely didn't think he'd be playing in the Super Bowl, let alone the NFL. The middle linebacker spent most of the football season out of the league and contemplated a career as a middle school teacher.
Then he got a call from his old team - the Giants. He re-signed on November 30 and has started each postseason game.
Blackburn, a 6-foot-4-inch, 242-pound linebacker from Akron, excels on special teams and he plugged a big hole in middle of the defense when he rejoined team. He led the Giants with seven tackles in the NFC championship game against San Francisco and is second on the team with 19 postseason tackles.
So could he make the one crucial play that will alter the Super Bowl?
"Nah, it doesn't really come down to one play, or it shouldn't," Blackburn said. "Not even if it's one man taking on somebody and stopping him at the goal line. You can't say one guy won the game."
Still, being an unsung hero has lots of appeal for Blackburn.
"Sure," he said, "because it means we won the game."