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Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens

From college lacrosse star to Super Bowl sideline reporter

As one of two CBS sideline reporters for Sunday's Super Bowl, it might look like Baltimore resident Evan Washburn has enjoyed a charmed career to be on that big of a stage at age 31.

But the former University of Delaware lacrosse star who graduated with almost no broadcast experience had to grind his way into the business and up the ladder rung by rung with production assistant jobs that didn't pay much — if they paid at all. Some were at Comcast SportsNet.

And he had do it with a couple of reconstructed knees that he blew out in his sophomore and senior years at Delaware. He still managed to make all-conference first team CAA after rehabbing the left one. (He blew out...