New Jersey Natives Playing in the Super Bowl

by Alice Magdziak • January 31, 2016 • Jersey Folk, Sports & LeisureComments (0)1126

We’re a week away from the Super Bowl and we took a look at both the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos to see who’s from New Jersey each team.

We’ve got two Garden Staters and they’re both on the Carolina Panthers and they’re both tight ends!

courtesy wikipedia.org

courtesy wikipedia.org

Tight End Greg Olsen is from Wayne and attended Wayne Hills High School. Greg played football and basketball with his father as the coach and also competed in track and field events. When he was a senior, he was one of three finalists for the Gatorade Player of the Year award and made the USA Today First-Team All-American. In football, he racked up 73 receptions for 1,474 yards and a school-record 27 touchdowns.

In track and field, Greg competed in the throwing events and as a sprinter. He recorded a personal-best time of 11.40 seconds in the 100 meters. He placed 2nd in the shot put event at the 2003 NJSIAA Meet of Champions, recording a career-best throw of 18.03 meters. He also had top-throws of 46.63 meters in the discus throw and 52.83 meters in the javelin throw.

[Greg’s bio via wikipedia.org]

scottSimonson

courtesy of espn.com

Tight End Scott Simonson is a second year player who was with the Oakland Raiders last year and made the Panthers team this year after being on their practice squad in the summer.  Scott is from Middletown and played football at Middletown South. He attended and played football at Assumption College.

[Scott’s bio via app.com]

I guess we know who we’re rooting for since we don’t have allegiances to either team, otherwise.  Go Panthers and their NJ Tight Ends!

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