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Nick Collins: From Super Bowl Champion to Cupcake Man

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By Angel L. Quiles Jr.

 

Nick Collins was a huge catalyst for the Green Bay Packers in their Super Bowl run in 2010-11. He made the Pro-Bowl that year, and had one of the more productive games for a secondary player in Super Bowl history. His lead changing interception for a touchdown off of Ben Roethlisberger in Super Bowl XLV gave the Packers the momentum, and was an intricate part in the Packers becoming champions in Super Bowl XLV. However, after the game the Super Bowl MVP went to Aaron Rodgers, and none of the media hype came towards Collins. Even before the big game Collins exclaims,

 

I made it to the pro-bowl 3 times in a row and on media day no one was at my podium. In the last ten minutes reporters started showing up, and I told them it’s too late, but by the end of the game you will remember my name

 

A promise that his doubters will never forget he kept.

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Angel L. Quiles Jr. is a sports writer from New York, NY. His passion for professional sports was spawned in the school yards of East Harlem. There he learned how to play football, baseball, and basketball. East Harlem is also where he played little league baseball. At the age of twelve he made the 25th precincts police athletic leagues little league all-star team. That team was invited to play against Fort Lee, New Jersey's all-star team in a game at the original Yankee Stadium. The game was covered by Mr. G's show "Care for kids" a community based program on the old WPIX channel 11 in New York City. Angel never made it to the big leagues, but the show and his passion for sports made Angel realize that he didn't have to play the game professionally in order to be around it. He could become a sports writer, be able to cover the drama of sports, and hopefully make a living doing and watching what he loves.

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