Las Vegas will be represented on the sidelines at Super Bowl 48.
Las Vegas native and Cimarron-Memorial alum Brandon Marshall is a reserve linebacker for the Denver Broncos and will mainly be playing special teams Sunday.
Before kickoff, Marshall will hear from his personal trainer to remind him of what it took to get there.
"Stay where you need to stay, underdog mentality," said Mike Waters of Phase 1 Sports.
Marshall's older brother, Marcus Marshall, will inspire him.
"I'll send him a Bible verse," said Marcus Marshall. "My mom sends him a Bible verse."
Once Brandon Marshall gets in the game, it'll be time to try to focus.
"All kinds of emotions," said Brandon Marshall. "I'm gonna be hyped, I'm gonna be angry."
In only his second year in the NFL, Brandon Marshall has embraced the underdog role.
He was hardly recruited out of Cimarron-Memorial but shined at the University of Nevada-Reno. After being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012, Brandon Marshall was cut three times before signing with the Broncos this season.
Brandon Marshall was on the Denver practice squad until an injury to linebacker Von Miller placed him on the active roster in December.
"To be honest, I was trying to fight to stay in the league," said Brandon Marshall. "I go from trying to fight to stay in the league to playing in the Super Bowl. It's kinda crazy."
"He's always had to prove himself," said Marcus Marshall. "He's always been the underdog. He's always had to work harder and work more."
A Super Bowl appearance can't be taken for granted, so Brandon Marshall has savored it, even the chaos of Media Day.
"One reporter asked me, 'Do you put hand warmers in your cup to make sure your...'"
We'll end that sentence there.
Once Sunday turns to Monday, the focus for Brandon Marshall and those close to him will be back on keeping his job in the NFL.
"I'm gonna be totally excited watching every play and watching those special teams," said Waters. "But at the same time I'm already gonna be thinking when he comes home over break this is what we need to work on."
Cheyenne High graduate and Broncos safety Quinton Carter has been out with an injury since last season.
Shadow Ridge alum Korey Toomer is part of the Seahawks non-injured reserve roster.
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