No matter which team you cheered for in last night’s Super Bowl, you have reason to celebrate today. That’s because Jordan Devey, rookie offensive lineman for the New England Patriots, is an Eagle Scout.
And now he’s a Super Bowl champion.
Devey, who earned Scouting’s highest honor in 2006 in American Fork, Utah, didn’t play football in high school. As this Deseret News article explains, he had a medical condition called Osgood-Schlatters disease that caused pain and swelling below the knee. Instead, the 6-foot-6 Devey played tuba in the band.
After he returned from his LDS mission in Costa Rica, Devey’s disease was no longer a problem. So he tried to make it in football and walked on to his college team.
Now he’s a Super Bowl champion. Though he was one of seven New England players declared inactive for the championship game, Devey still gets a Super Bowl ring as a member of the team. In football, guys like Devey who practice and train with the team can have a huge impact even if they don’t suit up every Sunday.
Besides, Devey’s NFL career is just getting started — a fact he grasps with the maturity you’d expect from an Eagle Scout.
“The work I do now may not pay off tomorrow, but it might pay off a year from now,” he told the Deseret News. “Eventually you’ll reap the benefits and blessings of it.”
After the win, Devey talked to KSL Sports. True to Eagle Scout form, he was sure to deflect all the credit.
“They were just a great group of guys,” he said of his teammates. “You know, I can’t say anything more positive about them than that. Everyone looks out for each other, we work hard together, and we’ve been through it all, and to end like this is incredible.”
Here’s the video, in which he talks about the “world-class” Patriots organization and that “nerve-wracking” ending.