YUMA, AZ – Super Bowl XLVIII was thought to be a cold game, it was also thought to be a close game; neither of which came true. Yesterday evening the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos played for the Vince Lombardi trophy, with the Seahawks besting the Broncos by a final of 43-8 in the National Football League’s championship game.
The Seahawks victory was celebrated here in Yuma by Arizona Western College head football coach Tom Minnick, his staff and the entire athletics department because two former Matadors were a part of the Seahawks roster this season.
Those two players are defensive tackle Jesse Williams (2009-2010) and linebacker Korey Toomer (2008). Now both players did not play in the game Sunday, but both will receive Super Bowl rings and the hefty paychecks that comes with the victory.
Williams suffered a season ending injury before the season began and has been on the Injured Reserve list all season long. Toomer is currently on the Seahawks practice squad and was placed on the Reserve list for Non-Football injuries earlier this season.
“Even though these men were unable to compete in the game, they still did everything they could for their teammates this season and I am very proud of them for that,” said head coach Tom Minnick.
“This says a lot about where our program is and where it is going. Both guys were good football players and had great careers here at Arizona Western College. Jesse can now add this Super Bowl ring to his collection of two National Championship rings he won while at Alabama,” said Minnick.
Signing day is later this week for the Matadors, so it’s only a matter of time until we know who the next Jesse Williams or Korey Toomer could be.
“We have a lot of kids moving on to the NFL and will continue to do so for the next few years,” said Minnick. “We have had some good teams the last four to five years and we will continue to get better and better and hopefully see more guys playing not only on Saturdays, but Sundays too.
The Matadors season ended on December 7th following a loss to New Mexico Military Institute in the Fisher Automotive El Toro Bowl. AWC kicks off their 2014 campaign back at home against NMMI at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday August 23rd. Kickoff time is TBD.