"I'm a sucker for a rejection story, and Patrick Willis has a good 'un," he wrote. "There is no shortage of rejection stories among Super Bowl players. Some of these guys were born great and never stumbled, but many of them are here because they got shot down somewhere along the line. As Willis said this week, recalling his moment, 'I was hurt, but more than anything, I was fueled by the hurt.' The TV cameras will love Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis on Sunday, all face paint and fury from the time he comes dancing wildly out of the tunnel. Willis, a Lewis protege of sorts, will go about his business quietly and methodically. But Willis' fire is as hot as Lewis', and it is stoked by the memory of that moment more than a decade ago."