The answer: Rob Ninkovich.
But while ironworking seems to be a family point of pride — Rob told the Providence Journal he grew up learning values from his ironworker fatherlike “work hard, do your best and never give up” — both Rob and his parents wanted something different for his life.
He played football in high school, struggled to find a college to play at afterwards, and was eventually drafted by the New Orleans Saints. “It’s all through believing in yourself. I always had a belief that I could do it,” Rob told the Providence Journal. “I wouldn’t even say it’s an underdog story, because I always knew I was a good football player. I needed an opportunity.”
Had the Patriots beat the Broncos, Rob would’ve been going for his second Super Bowl win. And if 2015 numbers are any indication, more than 9 million Canadians would’ve been watching. Last year’s Canadian viewership of the Super Bowl destroyed all previous records by 13 per cent.