Former University of Delaware All-American Paul Worrilow Realizes Super Bowl Dream
HOUSTON -- Paul Worrilow’s dream of playing in the Super Bowl is finally here.
The former University of Delaware All-American linebacker and his Atlanta Falcons teammates hope to add the Lombardi Trophy to that dream as well this evening when Super Bowl LI gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at Houston’s NRG Stadium. The NFC champion Falcons will take on the AFC champion New England Patriots in a game televised on Fox TV.
Worrilow, an All-American linebacker for the Blue Hens during a stellar career in 2009-12 and a former standout at nearby Concord High School, will be the ninth former Blue Hen to be a member of a Super Bowl team, joining defensive back Ivory Sully (Los Angeles Rams), quarterback Rich Gannon (Oakland Raiders), wide receiver Jamin Elliott (New England Patriots), tight end Ben Patrick (Arizona Cardinals), quarterback Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens), center Gino Gradkowski (Baltimore Ravens), safety Mike Adams (Denver Broncos), and cornerback Marcus Burley (Seattle).
Delaware has now had a player on a Super Bowl roster four times in the last five years. Flacco and Gradkowski led the Ravens to the Super Bowl title with Flacco earning game Most Valuable Player honors.
“You play touch football in the neighborhood growing up and you envision it being the Super Bowl because its the pinnacle of football,” Worrilow said this week in Houston. “This is the grandest opportunity to go out there and compete. That’s all you want, the opportunity to go out and compete and display all the work you put in.”
Worrilow, a fourth-year member of the Falcons after joining the team as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2013 season, played in 12 regular season games this season and registered 21 tackles.
He led the team in tackles each of the last three seasons before moving into a backup and special teams role in 2016. He has played in 59 career regular season games for the Falcons and recorded 386 tackles, four sacks, and two interceptions.
Worrilow was an All-State player at Concord High School who walked-on at Delaware and became a four-year starter, a three-year All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, a two-time team captain, and a 2012 All-American. He ranks fifth on the all-time UD tackles list with 377 and played a key role for the 2010 Delaware team that advanced to the NCAA FCS national championship game.
He was also honored in 2014 with the John J. Brady Delaware Athlete of the Year presented by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association (DSBA).
Delaware had seven former players on NFL active rosters this season, tied for the most among NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision schools. In addition to Worrilow, Adams and DL Zach Kerr played for the Indianapolis Colts, Flacco and TE Nick Boyle were members of the Baltimore Ravens, Gradkowski played for Carolina Panthers, and DB Burley was a member of the Cleveland Browns.
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