>BLOOMINGTON Clive Walford Color Rush Jersey , Minn.鈥?Rodney McLeod, the Philadelphia Eagles starting safety, never came off the field at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, starring as a cornerback, wide receiver and kick returner.While former DeMatha coach Bill McGregor couldn鈥檛 predict an NFL career for his star player, McLeod鈥檚 speed and poise made him hopeful.Related GalleryTop 10 Super Bowl halftime showsFrom Prince to Bruno Mars, what are the greatest Super Bowl halftime performances?On the first play of overtime in the 2006 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship game against Good Counsel, DeMatha was lined up on the 25-yard line. Instead of trying to gain short yardage, the Stags threw a fade to McLeod in the end zone on the first play. McLeod caught it, sealing one of the four league titles he won with DeMatha. The Clinton, Maryland native stills keeps a picture of that catch in his mother鈥檚 house.鈥淗e鈥檚 not backing away from anybody Authentic Kolton Miller Jersey ,鈥?McGregor told Capital News Service.McLeod has used that explosiveness to power a six-year NFL career, now with a defense that鈥檚 surrendered a combined 17 points in its two playoff games and will play for the franchise鈥檚 first-ever Super Bowl win on Sunday.鈥淎t DeMatha, the culture is knowing hard work does pay off,鈥?McLeod told reporters at the Super Bowl Opening Night event Monday. 鈥淚t鈥檚 mandatory for you to be a great player. Those things helped me and keep pushing me everyday.鈥滿cLeod and his high school teammates spent their lunches in the film room, a tradition McLeod said shaped his work ethic. That principle stayed with him in his college career at the University of Virginia.McLeod could鈥檝e been caught around the Virginia football facilities at almost any time of the day carrying a notebook between 2008 and 2011, taking notes while sitting in former coach Mike London鈥檚 office or at quarterback and wide receiver meetings.While McLeod played safety, he wanted to get inside offensive players鈥?minds, so he knew when to cut off receivers鈥?cuts on certain routes or how many players should blitz based on the running scheme. McLeod also chose about five plays from film of every game to break down his weaknesses and notice small details in formations, a practice he continues in the NFL.鈥淗is football knowledge was as high as anything I鈥檝e been around,鈥?said London, who now coaches Howard University.In addition to his study habits, McLeod鈥檚 toughness stuck out to London.In one Cavaliers home game http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-michael-dickson-jersey , McLeod predicted a run play and filled the hole the back was running through. Against a bigger player, McLeod sent the crowd into a frenzy after finishing a big hit.The collision bent McLeod鈥檚 face mask, and his helmet hardly fit him properly with turf grass sticking out of the sides. Still, he flashed a wide grin for minutes and yelled, 鈥楧id you see that?鈥?to London as he celebrated on the sideline.McLeod, though, is only 5 feet 10 inches tall, a factor in him going undrafted in 2012 and facing an uphill battle to make an NFL roster. But McLeod separated himself with his knowledge and work ethic when the St. Louis Rams signed him after the draft.Dennard Wilson, who played at DeMatha in the late-1990s and was coaching defensive backs with St. Louis at the time, told McGregor that McLeod impressed the team with his intelligence and his defensive positioning, McGregor said. Competing against players drafted ahead of McLeod motivated him to adjust to the speed of the game, he said.A few weeks into practice http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-rashaad-penny-jersey , Wilson told McGregor he thought McLeod would sustain a 10-year NFL career.Related StoriesTerp who won Super Bowl with Ravens now an on-field mentor to rising EaglesNFL NewsBefore the Eagles, speedy Ronald Darby dominated in MarylandNFL NewsSuper Bowl LII Preview: Who should you root for?Sports Columns23 recipes for the Super BowlTasty Recipes鈥淲hen you鈥檙e a student of the game, and you study, that allows you to play faster, and it allows you to play more positions,鈥?said Tony Paige, McLeod鈥檚 agent. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 what coaches in the National Football League are looking for.鈥漌ilson鈥檚 prediction has panned out so far. McLeod cemented a starting role with the Rams in 2013 and signed with the Eagles as a free agent in 2016, recording three interceptions in each of the past two years, while also recovering two fumbles this season.On Sunday, McLeod will be tasked with stopping Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, who have won two of the past three Super Bowls and averaged the second-most points per game during the NFL regular season.As he looks to become the first DeMatha alum to win the Super Bowl, McLeod will likely spend much of his time planted in front of a screen in the film room Authentic Carey Price Jersey , the same place that鈥檚 propelled his career.鈥淗e can鈥檛 help that he鈥檚 5-10,鈥?Paige said, 鈥渂ut he鈥檚 got a 7-foot heart.鈥? Capital News Service is a student-staffed news wire and broadcast news service operated by the University of Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism. 漏 2018 Capital News Service. All Rights Reserved. One of two people charged with misdemeanors for unfurling a banner protesting the Dakota Access pipeline from the rafters of U.S. Bank Stadium during a Minnesota Vikings game has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Thirty-four-year-old Karl Zimmermann Mayo, of Minneapolis, entered the plea for creating a public nuisance Monday in Hennepin County District Court. Misdemeanor counts of trespassing and burglary were dismissed. The Star Tribune says he’ll serve a year of probation and perform 30 hours of community service.
The other person who climbed to the rafters to unleash the banner, 28-year-old Sen Holiday, is currently on trial after she pleaded not guilty to the same misdemeanors.
The banner urged Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank to divest from the $3.8 billion pipeline. Fans seated below the banner were evacuated.
This story has been corrected to show that Sen Holiday is a woman, not a man.