In case you missed it, the Superbowl is this weekend. And UB’s alumnus Steven Means will be suiting up for the Eagles.
As if rooting against the Patriots was not easy enough.
Means of course grew up in Buffalo, playing pickup football on the East side. His father was a college football player at Buff State and a long time Buffalo fire fighter.
Means stated youth football with the Fruit Belt Rockets, and when he grew out of youth leagues he suited up for Grover Cleveland High School.
Means was a star at everything in High School. Track, Hoops, Football. If he had time to compete in it, he generally owned it. On the gridiron he was a two-time All-Western New York selection. In his senior season Means finished with 108 tackles, 20 sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception.
Means played on the field with the great Khalil Mack, but Steven Means was a star in his own right. He finished his career at UB with 18.5, which ranks fourth al time for the Bulls.
He was an under the radar guy who ended up drafted by the Tampa Bay Bucs. He had a subdued but not bad rookie season. It was a surprise to see him cut early on in year two.
After Tampa he had a stint with Baltimore, first on the practice squad and then promoted to the 53 man roster. He would be cut the following season and then land on Houston’s roster.
Through it all Means never stopped working.
Then Philly came calling and Means has fit the Eagles like a glove. He beat out Marcus Smith for a roster spot and has been a depth pass rusher for the Eagles ever since.
During the 2017 regular season, he played six games, finishing with three tackles and one sack in 53 defensive snaps. But he’s not been active in the post season.
Means could be the first Bull since James Starks to earn a Superbowl ring, and best of all, it would be by beating the Pats.