Sunday marks the 51st Super Bowl for the NFL. The South has given birth to the very best players in the NFL. While the Patriot’s are going for its 9th Super Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons are coming to the big dance for just the second time. Both rosters are packed with Black Southern Beaux. We rank the top three black athletes for each team and their expected impact on the game.
- Martellus Bennett played football andbasketballat Alief Taylor High School in Houston, Texas. He was a three-year starter and two-time All-District and All-Greater Houston selection at tight end. The tight end position is one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets. He is also a great blocker. With Gronk out of the mix, Bennett is poised to have a major impact on the game. Bennett has also played for the New York Giants and Chicago Bears. He is the younger brother of Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.
- Malcom Butler was born inVicksburg, Mississippi, and has four siblings.He graduated from Vicksburg High School in 2009. He was the Patriot’s savior against the Seattle Seahawks a couple of years ago by intercepting the ball on the goal line. He is the Patriot’s best defensive back and will have his hands full with Julio Jones.
- Vic Beasley attendedAdairsville High Schoolin Adairsville, Georgia, where he was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and track. He played as running back and linebacker for the Adairsville Tigers high school football team. Vic Beasley is a tremendous athlete, a pro bowler, and a force as a linebacker. He is the heart beat for Atlanta’s defense. The Falcons need him to play well if they have any hope of slowing down Brady.
- Blount was born December 5, 1986, inMadison, Florida, to Gary and Barbara Blount. He attended Taylor County High School in the small town ofPerry, Florida, where he was a two-sport star in both football and track. Blunt is the Patriots bruiser. He was one of the top scoring rushers in the league. He will try to impose his will on Atlanta’s defense. Look for him to try to run over and not around his defenders.
- Devonta Freeman attendedMiami Central High School in West Little River, Florida. He has rushed over 1,000 during this season. He shares time with Tavis Coleman, but Freeman leads this dynamic duo. Freeman stretches the field and is a fantastic option for Matt Ryan leaving the backfield. Don’t be surprised if he has a huge game this Sunday.
- Julio Jones was born in Foley, Alabama. He attendedFoley High Schoolin Foley, Alabama, where he played wide receiver and defensive end for the Foley Lions high school football team from 2004–2007. Julio is hands down the best wide receiver in the NFL. He can catch the deep ball and turn short passes into long gains with his physicality and speed. He commands so much attention he can change the game without even touching the ball. The Patriot’s will never lose sight of him, but it’s hard not to see Julio having a big day.