Santa Clara, Calif. - Out of the 106 players on the active rosters of both the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, only one played College Football in Virginia. Former James Madison alumnus, Dean Marlowe is making his Super Bowl debut on the Panthers roster.
"It's been tough for me, but you know I enjoy it because I learn from the older guys, and I love learning," Marlowe said.
Marlowe is finishing out his rookie season with a bang as he enters Super Bowl Sunday. He was signed as an undrafted free agent after the 2015 NFL Draft and made the 53-man roster in September.
"The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement so you know everybody can keep getting better at your craft," the former Duke said.
Because of that positive energy and enthusiasm, Marlowe and fellow defensive back Louie Young have been nicknamed the "juice brothers" as they keep the team's spirits up and optimism high all week long.
"They go out [and] compete their butts off, and they do a really god job of competing against that offense while making our team better and that's part of what they do," said Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. "We feed off of their energy all the time."
With previous honors like four-time All-CAA selection and two First Team CAA recognitions, there's no doubt we will be seeing more of this former Duke in the future.
"Why not be great at what you do," Marlowe said. "I want to be known as this undrafted guy from a small D1 school that potentially grew as a great player and was a great player in the league."