By: Sabrina Ahmed
The people of Seward had a little more skin in the game when it came to the Super Bowl. A former Husker who was born and raised in Seward took to the field.
"Kick 'em far, Sam!" Koch's former sixth grade teacher, John Garske said.
Sam Koch had a lot of people cheering for him. He's the punter for the Baltimore Ravens. But more importantly, a former Husker football player from Seward.
"Yeah, it's great, it gives me a reason to root for the Ravens," Graske said.
The fans at Neutral Groundz said the fact that Koch is in the final game of the football season isn't a shock. He's always been a great athlete.
"He was a great athlete and he can do more than kick--but we played a lot of kickball games too. He could boot it, but I didn't know it was going to transfer into a football star," Graske said.
While it's not rare for a Husker to make it to the Super Bowl, the people of Seward said this year and this team are different.
"We had a few people on the Nebraska Husker team that went to the 49ers but we didn't have anybody from Seward, so this is really exciting," Carol Goldsmith of Seward said.
Many people in Seward said it doesn't just give them more of a reason to root for the Ravens, but it also shines light on their tight knit community.
"It's a great feeling and kinda represents our town--it's an awesome feeling to have someone in the Super Bowl from Seward," Mitchell Bloebaum said.
Many people said Sam Koch, who played for Nebraska until 2005, is a great guy. They know he's from Seward because he hasn't let the fame stop his from being proud of his hometown.