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.
On Sunday night, Myers was clutching the Vince Lombardi Trophy as a member of the Denver Broncos.
"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."
The Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.
Myers, who played at La Verge High, was signed by Denver off of Baltimore's practice squad at the end of December, just in time of 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 Ravens in May, but was scooped 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.
"The real emotion is I want to play, I wish I was out there playing,'' Myers said. "But to be on the sideline and to be on this team and to experience this as a rookie, what else can you ask for? It's an experience you can't imagine unless you are doing it.
"This whole experience, it is so valuable. I have seen what it takes and I have learned so much. It's been great. I just got back in (the locker room) and phone has been going off like crazy. I've seen 46 texts -- they're coming in one after the next. But right now I am just soaking this all in, and getting some pictures with this trophy."
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