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I just got a press release from Chad Steele of the Ravens about long snapper Matt Katula's chance to be featured in an NFL Super Bowl commercial. Katula's poignant account of the first time he signed an autograph will compete with other NFL players for a place on the Super Bowl broadcast.

Here's Katula's story in one sentence: "My rookie year, a fan comes up to me and asks "Can I have an autograph?" I sign the name. He looks at it and goes, "Wait a minute. You're not Todd Heap?"

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I can totally identify with that. I was once in New York with the Orioles and a fan came up to me and asked for my autograph. I was a little surprised that anyone would recognize me, until the guy looked at my signature and said, "Wait a minute. You're not Roger Ebert?"

I'm pretty sure it was the glasses.

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OK, I embellished that story a bit, but some people in New York really did mistake me for one of my two all-time favorite movie critics. The other, in case you were wondering, is former Sun colleague Stephen Hunter, who also is one of my favorite novelists.

To view Katula's bit and other NFL player video stories, click here. Fans can vote for their favorite videos. The winning spot will be featured in a Super Bowl commercial.


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