MISSOULA, Mont. - Super Bowl 48 is just four days away now and there's one Montana native there in New Jersey who is hoping for a Super Bowl ring in just his 2nd professional season. Although most Denver fans probably hope Brock Osweiler does not actually see the field this week because that would mean an injury to starting quarterback Peyton Manning.
It's only been five years since Osweiler was named Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Montana. His senior year at Flathead High school the 6-foot-8 QB threw for over 2,700 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also rushed for 700 yards and 13 more scores.
After a verbal commitment early on in high school to play college basketball at Gonzaga, Osweiler later changed his mind to play football at Arizona State.
Once there he played in 25 games over three years for the Sun Devils. Osweiler amassed over 5,000 yards and 33 touchdowns. After starting all 13 games his junior season, Osweiler elected to enter the NFL draft rather than return to school for his senior year.
In that 2012 draft, the Kalispell native was selected with the 57th overall pick in the second round by the Denver Broncos. Over the past two seasons, Osweiler has only thrown the ball 20 times in the regular season for Denver while playing back-up to Peyton Manning. Now this week he finds himself on the world's biggest football stage at the Super Bowl, but he said this week he never forgets his Montana roots.
"It's a dream come true and to be able to say that I'm from the great state of Montana," said Osweiler Tuesday at Media Day. "I take great pride in that. I go back every summer, it's a place that's very close to my heart and like I said it's a dream come true and it's been an amazing experience so far."