EUFAULA, AL (WSFA) - While most of us will be armchair quarterbacks on Sunday watching the Super Bowl, there are some select few elite athletes who’ve had a chance to play in football’s biggest game.
“Oh man it was a great experience,” said Jerrel Jernigan.
Jernigan played his high school ball in Eufaula. He was so good the WSFA 12 Sports team dubbed him the “Balla from Eufaula.” Jernigan went on to star at Troy University and was then drafted by the New York Giants.
He will never forget Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, Giants vs. the Patriots.
“Especially because I caught the opening kickoff with all the cameras flashing. I will never forget coach Tom Coughlin saying, whatever you do don’t drop the ball. I was like thanks coach I’m already nervous. So the whole time I was running I was thinking, don’t drop the ball, don’t drop the ball.”
Jernigan held on the ball and his team held on to the win. The standout stud athlete from a small town in East Alabama was the proud owner of a Super Bowl ring.
“It was like a dream come true to see that big ole bling on your hand.”
The team captains helped design the ring.
“They did it from the 10 table rule. That means from 10 tables away you need to see the bling!”
Most of the time that bling stays locked up in a safe place. But once a year he lets those diamonds shine.
“I bring it out every year Super Bowl Sunday.”
Now he’s coaching at his alma mater, Eufaula High School. Who knows he may be coaching up the next superstar from Barbour to make it to the NFL’s biggest game.