North Dakota State will be represented at the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year with a player and a coach on the sidelines Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Former linebacker Ramon Humber and wide receivers coach Atif Austin are members of the New England Patriots, who will play for a sixth world championship as they face the Los Angeles Rams Sunday evening.
This is Humber’s second appearance in the Super Bowl, he played in Super Bowl XLIV for the Indianapolis Colts against the New Orleans Saints in Miami. Humber had two tackles in that game as the Colts lost to the Saints, 31-17. That wrapped up Humber’s rookie season (2009) in the NFL.
Since then it’s been an interesting road for the former standout Bison linebacker. He played in New Orleans for the next six seasons before being released and picked by the Patriots during training camp of 2016. The Pats cut him and he was signed by AFC East rival Buffalo. Humber had his best personal success with the Bills, notably 2017 where he started nine games. He returned to Buffalo this season, but was released in mid-November.
He told me yesterday from Atlanta, “that’s why this game is so crazy. I was released by one team and two days later I was picked up by another, and now I’m playing in the Super Bowl.”
Humber was signed by the Patriots four days after the Bills cut him. He’s again become a major factor on special teams, he had a big tackle in the 3rd quarter of the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City.
Humber had a fantastic career at NDSU, playing in 43 games racking up 249 tackles. He was part of a core that included Joe Mays and Mike Maresh, some considered the top linebacking group in school history.
Now as Humber completes his tenth league in the NFL, he’s got a chance to become part of football history as a Super Bowl champion.
I had a chance to visit with Humber yesterday during the Patriots media session in Atlanta.