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Irving’s Star Safety, Michael Huff, Ready to Play in Super Bowl

On Super Bowl Sunday, a familiar face will take the field at MetLife Stadium. Denver Broncos veteran safety, Michael Huff is a North Texan. Huff grew up in Irving, and played football at Nimitz High School.

local super bowl player 1“I’m ecstatic. I don’t know what to say other than I’m just ecstatic,” Birdie King said with excitement.

King is perhaps Huff’s biggest fan. She is, after all, the mother of the star safety.  It’s a title she proudly sports.  Her Broncos number 29 jersey has “Mom” written across the back.

“Everywhere we go, people know him and they as us about him and it’s just wonderful.”

The veteran safety played little league and was a victorious Viking at Nimitz high school. Huff was a notable talent; one his former coach Steven Hohenberger remembers well.

“Michael always had a calmness about him,” Hohenberger said. “He had that ‘it’ factor and he was going to be successful and he was going to be professional in some type of career down the road.”

“It’s a blessing, and I’m so proud of him,” King said of her son.

“He’s done a wonderful job; he’s worked very, very hard to get where he is.”

Huff graduated from the University of Texas, where he won the National Championship, was named All-American and was awarded the Jim Thorpe award.

On Sunday, Huff will play the game of his career in Super Bowl 48.

King has her Broncos game gear ready – but just don’t expect to find her in front of the TV.

“I’ll probably be cooking, or doing something with the grandchildren,” King said jokingly.

“Every now and then, I’ll peek in on the game. But to actually sit and look at it, I probably won’t – I’ll be too nervous.”

local super bowl player 2Huff’s coach offered this game day advice:

“Continue to be Michael Huff. That’s one of the things that’s special about him. He knows who he is and he knows what he stands for, and he’s always going to represent so much more than himself, and that’s how he’s always carried himself.”

Super Bowl 48 – a memorable game for Huff and a shared success for those who helped shape his super career.

“It’s just wonderful to be able to say that someone from Irving, Texas, went to Texas, graduated, got a degree, and now they’re playing in the NFL with the opportunity of being a super bowl champion,” King said.

Huff is in his eight season with the NFL. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders back in 2006. He began this season with the Baltimore Ravens. He was released from the team and picked-up by Denver.

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