SANTA CLARA – This time last season, Robert “Snacks” Myers was preparing for the NFL Combine after wrapping up his playing days at Tennessee State University.
By the night of Feb. 7, Myers was clutching the Vince Lombardi Trophy as a member of the Denver Broncos, who had beaten the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.
“The way this team prepared, and the way this team has handled its business, I imagined myself hoisting this at the end of the night,’’ Myers said in Denver’s locker room after the game. “But actually doing it, I don’t know how to put it in words.
“It has been crazy, but everything happens for a reason. I feel like it was predestined for me to be on this team as a Super Bowl champion.”
Myers, who played at TSU from 2010-2014, was signed by Denver off of Baltimore’s practice squad at the end of December, just in time for the team’s Super Bowl run.
Myers started all 12 games for TSU in 2014, and made the All-OVC Second Team in his junior and senior seasons. He was a fifth-round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens in May, but was added to Denver’s roster for depth.
Myers was among the inactives for the Broncos on Sunday. He was on the sideline, but not in uniform.
He’ll get a Super Bowl ring, on top of the Super Bowl memorabilia he’d already received post-game. But the memories – and the experience – mean the most.
“This whole experience, it is so valuable,” Myers said. “I have seen what it takes and I have learned so much. It’s been great.”
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