Greek-American won the Super Bowl with the Patriots
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Greek-American won the Super Bowl with the Patriots

The New England Patriots produced the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime and claim a fifth title in the most dramatic of circumstances. The Patriots trailed by 25 points in the third quarter but recovered to level at 28-28 and force the extra period – the first in Super Bowl history.

Only one player with Greek descent participated in this year’s Super Bowl. Theodore George “Ted” Karras III is an American football guard for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was born in March 15, 1993. Karras is the grandson of the late Ted Karras, Sr. and the son of former NFL player Ted Karras, Jr.. His great uncle is the late Alex Karras, a four time Pro Bowler with the Detroit Lions and actor in the 1980s sitcom Webster, as well as his brother Lou Karras, an NFL player with the Washington Redskins.

“My dad got a Super Bowl bonus (from the Redskins) because he was a (replacement player) during the strike, my grandpa won a world championship but I could be the first Karras with a Super Bowl ring,” Karras said. “That lineage always has been important to me to uphold.”

Instead of climbing onto grandpa’s lap, book in hand, and asking to be read a story, though, little Ted had a different experience during those visits. His paternal grandfather, Ted Karras Sr., would often ask the child to do some pushups, while telling him all about life in the National Football League.

“He was never a put-me-on-his-knee guy,” said Karras. “My grandpa told a lot of stories about being on the Bears in the ’60s. He shared winning the world championship in ’63, which was the biggest thrill of his life, and playing rivals. I think I have a pretty good grasp of NFL history.”