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.