Having already earned the top honor in Scouting, two Eagle Scouts have now earned the top honor in football.
Denver Broncos players Matt Paradis and Aaron Brewer, both Eagle Scouts, are Super Bowl champions.
Paradis, the team’s starting center, earned Scouting’s highest honor in 2008 as a member of Troop 319 of the Boise-based Ore-Ida Council. For his Eagle Scout service project, he renovated and enlarged a long-jump pit and shotput area.
As an offensive lineman, Paradis spent a lot of time this season protecting quarterback Peyton Manning, and the five-time MVP says Paradis is great at his job.
“He is smart. He’s a student of the game,” Manning said. “Matt is a tough guy. He is a guy you like having in front of you. You know he is going to fight for you.”
Sounds like an Eagle Scout to me.
Brewer, the team’s long-snapper, also earned Scouting’s highest honor in 2008. He was a member of Troop 1201 of Fullerton, Calif., and the Orange County Council.
Brewer is considered a specialist — like a kicker or a punter. And like Paradis, he’s one of the best at what he does.
“Brewer excelled, turning a niche skill into a science,” gushes this Denver Post story. “On punts, he grabs the laces. On field goals, he grabs he back of the ball, a grip that creates the ideal number of rotations and velocity.”
That level of skill takes dedication and hard work — something Eagle Scouts are known for.
A streak of Super Bowl victories
Super Bowl 50 marks at least the fourth Super Bowl in a row in which Eagle Scouts were part of title-winning teams:
- Super Bowl 50 (2015 season): Matt Paradis and Aaron Brewer, Denver Broncos
- Super Bowl XLIX (2014 season): Jordan Devey, New England Patriots
- Super Bowl XLVIII (2013 season): Peter McLoughlin, Seattle Seahawks
- Super Bowl XLVII (2012 season): Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
14 Eagle Scouts with Super Bowl ties
Check out this list.
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