MINNEAPOLIS (ABC4 Sports) – Former Utes defensive back Eric Rowe has been in the NFL all of three seasons, but on Sunday he will be playing in his second Super Bowl, ironically against the team that drafted him.
After a stellar career at Utah, Eric Rowe was drafted in the second round in 2015 by the Philadelphia Eagles. But right before his second season was about to begin, the Eagles traded him to New England, where his career has blossomed.
But Rowe says playing against his former team won’t be that big of a deal.
“Nothing too special or significant,” Rowe said. “I know I was on the team, but it wasn’t like I played there for ten years and they let me go. It’s just how the NFL works, so you have to just keep moving on.”
During last season’s Super Bowl run, Rowe had an interception in the AFC title game against Pittsburgh. Then in this year’s conference championship against Jacksonville, Rowe came up with a huge play late in the game to help beat Jacksonville. But even though the Patriots seem to make the Super Bowl every year, Rowe is appreciating every moment.
“It’s only my third year, but it’s the second time I’m going to the Super Bowl,” Rowe said. “I don’t know what the odds of that are, so obviously, I don’t take it for granted. But there are a couple guys here that have been to four and they still seem like it’s their first one. So, no one takes it for granted around here.”
At Super Bowl Media Day, Rowe said was happy to see his old teammates again.
“I’m happy to see the guys because it ain’t easy to get to this level,” he said. “I know they put a lot of hard work in, shoot, I put a lot of hard work in with them.”
Rowe worked especially hard to return from a groin injury that sidelined him for eight games this season.
“It was hard,” Rowe said about sitting out. “I literally couldn’t do anything about it. It’s not like I could push through it, I really had to wait. Then, I had to work on the strength of it. All I wanted to do was contribute to the team wins.”
The Patriots have done plenty of winning.