SAN FRANCISCO – Robert "Snacks" Myers remembers watching Titans receiver Kevin Dyson being tackled at the one-yard line on the final play of Super Bowl XXXIV. Growing up in Nashville, he'll never forget it.
"That Super Bowl was the most emotional Super Bowl of my entire life,'' Myers said. "It's the first time I ever saw my mom cry over a football game, because we were a yard short. And now, from that moment in time to being here at the Super Bowl myself. I can hardly believe it."
Myers, a Tennessee State product who played at La Verge High, is at Super Bowl 50 as a member of the Denver Broncos. He 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 is now teammates with quarterback Peyton Manning, and thinking about a ring.
"Now that has been really, really, really, really, really amazing,'' Myers said. "Growing up in Tennessee and hearing so much about Peyton, and being a fan, and now to be a teammate with him. And he has been great to me. Just watching him and being around him, I've learned so much."
Myers actually grew up rooting against Manning when he was with the Colts. He preferred the Titans, of course, and played his home games at Nissan Stadium.
"Steve McNair, Eddie George, Albert Haynesworth, Jevon Kearse, Kyle Vanden Bosch, they were my guys,'' Snacks said.
Myers said the support he's received from those back home has been amazing.
His first NFL season, he said, has been even more than he could have imagined. Myers has been enjoying the week here in California, and is soaking it all in.
"My NFL career has been a whirlwind in less than a year – it has been good, it has been stressful. The downs, the ups, Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos,'' Myers said.
"It's crazy. (At the end of December) I was waiting on my opportunity with the Ravens, enjoying my time there and it was like "Boom. Now I'm in the Super Bowl, representing Tennessee State. It feels good. Being from Nashville, going to school in Nashville, I've had a great support system. I feel the love."
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