By Robert Nusser, NewsCastic
No, not those Texans. They’ve never made it to the Super Bowl! But Sunday’s game between the Broncos and Panthers does feature a number of players who were born in our great state, and some of these names might surprise you.
Perhaps the best player on this list, Von Miller was born in DeSoto, Texas and attended DeSoto High School, where he was teammates with Cyrus Gray. The #2 overall pick out of Texas A&M, Miller has been selected to the Pro Bowl in every one of his NFL seasons. This will be Miller’s first Super Bowl appearance, as he was injured when the Broncos played in Super Bowl XLVIII
Broncos receiver, Emmanuel Sanders, is from Bellville, Texas, where he attended Bellville High School before moving on to Southern Methodist University. The Pro-Bowler previously appeared in Super Bowl XLV with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
— Nate Askew (@Great_Nate9) January 5, 2013
Nate Askew was born in San Antonio, Texas, and played football for Madison High School and Texas A&M University. He was signed to the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad in 2015.
Whitaker was born in Houston and went to Pearland High School. Undrafted out of the University of Texas, he played for three different teams before being picked up by the Carolina Panthers in 2014. Fozzy scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Panthers in this year’s playoff game against the Cardinals.
Gray was born in DeSoto, Texas and played football at DeSoto High School. A standout player at Texas A&M University, he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs before being signed by the Broncos.
Aqib Talib grew up in Richardson, Texas where he attended Berkner High School. He was an All-American in college, playing for the University of Kansas, and has been selected to the Pro Bowl for the past three seasons.
Tillman was an army brat whose parents ended up settling in Copperas Cove, Texas, where played for Copperas Cove High School. A 2nd-round pick out of Lousiana-Lafayette, the two-time Pro-Bowler made his first Super Bowl appearance with the Chicago Bears in 2006. Unfortunately he suffered a knee injury late this season and will have to cheer for his Carolina Panthers from the sideline.
Corey Nelson was born in Dallas, Texas and played for Skyline High School and the University of Oklahoma. Corey was the Broncos’ 7th-round draft pick in 2014.
— Louis Vasquez (@LouisVasquez65) February 26, 2014
Louis Vazquez was born in Corsicana, Texas and attended Corsicana High School before moving on to Texas Tech University. He made the Pro Bowl in 2013 and played in Super Bowl XLVIII with the Broncos.
Ok, he’s not technically a player but Broncos’ Defensive Coordinator, Wade Phillips, probably knows more about the game than anyone else you might see at Super Bowl 50. Born in Orange, Texas, he is the son of former NFL coach, Bum Phillips. Wade played football for Port Neches-Groves High School and the University of Houston before embarking on a coaching career that has spanned 40 years and nine different NFL teams.