Super Bowl XLIX

A Big German in the Big Game

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Sebastian Vollmer has come along way since his days with the Düsseldorf Panthers.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Sebastian Vollmer, a tackle from Düsseldorf who plays for the New England Patriots, could be the first German to play on a winning Super Bowl team.

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    • The Super Bowl on Sunday is being played in Glendale, Arizona, where the cheapest official seat costs $800.
    • Owners Paul Allen of the Seahawks and Robert Kraft of the Patriots have a combined net worth of more than $21 billion.
    • Super Sunday is believed to be the second-biggest day for beer consumption in the United States after July 4.
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When the National Football League’s championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots kicks off on Sunday in sunny Glendale, Arizona, Sebastian Vollmer will be on the field. It is the second time the 30-year-old German will be competing to win American football’s most coveted prize. His team, the Patriots, lost in 2012.

Now the Patriots are back. And this time, Mr. Vollmer, the six-foot-eight, 320-pound right tackle from Düsseldorf, wants to win. If he does, he’ll be the first German football player to get his hands on the Vince Lombardi trophy awarded to the NFL champions.

“As an athlete, I want to win,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where I come from.”

To make it this far, Mr. Vollmer had to vanquish another German, Bjoern Werner, a pass rusher with the Indianapolis Colts, in the semi-final American Football Conference championship game. The Patriots bulldozed the Colts 45 to 7.

Video: Sebastian Vollmer for the New England Patriots.

Werner first played football with his hometown club, the Berlin Adler, or Berlin Eagles. He later played college football at Florida State before being drafted by the Colts. His dream, like Mr. Vollmer’s, is to win the Super Bowl.


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