Six players from four Florida schools are playing in Super Bowl 50

I know a lot of you are snowbirds, or permanent transplants from that faraway world where blizzards are all the rage. Here’s an idea, though, for those who feel like identifying most closely with the Sunshine State.

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24:  Andre Caldwell #12 of the Denver Broncos signals a first down in the first quarter against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

DENVER, CO – Andre Caldwell of the Denver Broncos signals a first down in the AFC Championship game against the New England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Because Denver has four players on its roster from Florida universities, and because the Carolina Panthers have just two, I’m going to suggest that those of you who have no particular rooting interest might find it more natural to lean toward the Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

Not saying that Denver will win. I’ve already published a column saying that won’t happen.

It’s just a matter of finding a reason to pull for one team over the other if you really don’t care about anything but what kind of food will be served at the Super Bowl party you’re attending, and who is going to bring it.

 

 

 

Here then are the state-school Broncos expected to play on Feb. 7.

WR/KR Andre Caldwell from Florida.

G Max Garcia from Florida.

OLB Lerentee McCray from Florida.

CB Kayvon Webster from South Florida.

(All right, so that’s a lot of Gators, which will work for some but not for others)

Now here are the active Panther players from our state schools.

K Graham Gano from Florida State.

TE Greg Olsen from Miami.

(Offering a little more of something for everyone, perhaps)

What, you say I’m leaving out a Glades Central High School kid who plays for Carolina?

Well, yes, but Kelvin Benjamin, the spectacular wide receiver who won a national title for FSU a few years

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24:  Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates defeating the Arizona Cardinals with a score of 49 to 15 to win the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

CHARLOTTE, NC – JANUARY 24: Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers celebrates defeating the Arizona Cardinals  to win the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

back with a late, late touchdown pass, is hurt. He tore an ACL in an August practice and hasn’t played all season.

Maybe you don’t care. Maybe seeing Kelvin get a Super Bowl ring to go with his BCS championship ring is reason enough to howl like mad for the Panthers.

Suits me. I’m just giving you some options.

There’s got to be something more to this game than Cam vs. Peyton.