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Super Bowl XLVIII: Sylvester Williams representing UNC at the Super Bowl

Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s Super Bowl is undoubtedly one of the biggest in the history of the game. The No. 1 defense against the No. 1 offense makes the anticipation and expectations rather high for tonight’s game. These top ranked rosters are filled with many players from across the country and while there are many schools represented in the Super Bowl tonight, Sylvester Williams will be the lone Tar Heel!

In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos drafted UNC defensive tackle Sylvester Williams. Building a reputation as a monster on the line at North Carolina, the Broncos got a big playmaker they needed in a position of need. In his rookie season, not only has he reached the Super Bowl, but he will be starting in the Super Bowl.

When you learn and read about Williams’ background, it’s almost unreal to imagine this story. Each opportunity he was given, was used to benefit him and make him a better person and player.

Five years ago, Williams was just in high school and working on an assembly line. He attended junior college his first two years, but then transferred to the University of North Carolina for his final two years to play football for the Tar Heels. There he built a reputation as one of the best defensive tackles in program history and in the ACC.

In his senior season Williams was named to the All-ACC first team and pro-football weekly All-American. He was scouted as one of the top defensive tackles in the draft and was taken in the first round by the Broncos.

There’s not many success stories that can go any better than Sylvester Williams’ story, and it goes to show that hard work does indeed pay off. From the assembly line to starting in Super Bowl XLVII, Williams have made the best of every opportunity given to him.

Topics: Denver Broncos, North Carolina Tar Heels

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