Support one of our own in Super Bowl

The big game – Super Bowl 50 – is Sunday. Will you be watching? We think you should.

SB50 is the pinnacle of professional football. Any player who has ever donned shoulder pads and a helmet – from the Bill Booth fields to those making millions in the NFL – strives to reach the Super Bowl.

On Sunday, the area will be represented. Yes, our small section of the world will have one of its own on the field at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Calif.

Derek Wolfe, a 2008 graduate of Beaver Local High School, is a starting defensive lineman for the Denver Broncos.

A veteran of four NFL seasons, Wolfe was the 36th overall selection in the 2012 draft following a standout college career at the University of Cincinnati.

It’s not that he’s new to the party. Wolfe has been an important cog in the wheel for the Denver defense since his rookie season. The 6-foot-5, 284-pound Wolfe has 140 career tackles and 17 sacks. This season he has a career-high 49 tackles with 5.5 sacks. And in the playoffs, he’s stepped it up, collecting 10 tackles in two wins with sacks against the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger and the Patriots’ Tom Brady.

His task on Sunday will be to help contain the Carolina Panthers’ highly-explosive offense, led by quarterback Cam Newton.

Most of those throughout Columbiana County already know of Wolfe’s exploits on the football field, and have been paying attention to his career all along the way.

But for those of you who may only watch one football game a year – this one – and probably do so either because it’s the focal point of a party or your interest lies in the commercials, we ask you to check out the guy wearing jersey No. 95 for the Broncos.

We applaud Wolfe for reaching the pinnacle of his profession, and we hope he adds to his list of quarterbacks who have heard his “howl.”

This area may be dominated by fans of the Steelers and Browns, but on Sunday, we all should band together and become fans of one of our own.