HAM(s) of the Week, Super Bowl XLVIII Edition

In case you’ve been living under a rock, cure this year’s Super Bowl showdown is between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. The big game airs on Sunday, February 2 at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Even if you only tune in on the big day for the commercials and the party, we’ve prepared a pair of eye candy from each team to look forward to.

Denver Broncos, AFC Champions

Montee Ball: Jersey #: 28 Position: Running Back Age: 23

The 411: If the name rings a bell, it’s because the rookie tight end is a former Wisconsin Badger (along with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson). And we LOVE to see B1G representation in the Big Game!

Montee Ball, http://www.gamedayr.com

Ball currently holds the NCAA Division I-FBS record for most career rushing touchdowns (77) and most career total touchdowns (83). The 5’10”, 215 lbs rookie has had 4 touchdowns, 559 yards and 120 carries this season. Ball chronicled his rookie campaign with the Broncos with weekly entries on the team page.

Like every rookie, Ball has had his ups and downs, but really came full force in the second half of the season. Ball is back on Twitter just in time for the Super Bowl. Follow him at @ballrb28.

Matt Prater: Jersey #: 5 Position: Kicker Age: 29

Matt Prater, http://www.denverbroncos.com

The 411: One of the best kickers in the league (96.2%), Prater set a new NFL record with a 64-yard field goal against the Tennessee Titans in Week 14. Prior to entering the draft, the 5’10”, 195 lbs veteran played for the University of Central Florida.

Prater signed with the Detroit Lions in 2006 before joining the Broncos two years later. Fun fact: Prater has a deep fascination with red tail hawks, which is based on family history. He is not on social media, but no matter; his dirty blonde hair and deep blue eyes are a distraction in itself.

Seattle Seahawks, NFC Champions

Doug Baldwin: Jersey: 89 Position: Wide Receiver Age: 25

Doug Baldwin, http://www.seahawks.com

The 411: The 5’10”, 189 lbs Baldwin played for Stanford before being drafted by the Seahawks in 2011. Throughout his three seasons, he has 130 receptions, 1,932 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns. He is definitely one of the more underrated players (ahem, Richard Sherman) and deserves recognition, with a knack for making important plays at important times as a member of the league’s best offense.

Baldwin also hosts his own YouTube video series, “Fresh Files”, where he answers fan questions, talks about life events and interviews other NFL players, many of whom are his Seahawks teammates:

He’s also pretty active on Twitter, and hilarious, too:


Derrick Coleman: Jersey: 40 Position: Running Back Age: 23

The 411: The 6 foot, 233 lbs Coleman is the first deaf offensive player in the NFL and made headlines last week in a highly-publicized Duracell commercial.

Derrick Coleman, http://abcnews.go.com

He played college football for UCLA and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2012. In his first NFL season, Coleman has 62 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.

He’s battled a hearing impairment since age 3, but has overcome it with hearing aids and his incredible ability to read lips. His story inspired many, including a 9-year-old hearing impaired girl, who wrote a letter to Coleman. He responded with a letter of his own—consider us awed.

The winners here? Well, if it was determined by eye candy, Seattle wins by a landslide.


About the author: Hannah Gettleman is a native of the Northern Chicago suburbs. She received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 and attended every home Illini football game. Her love of Chicago sports comes from her dad, who has been in the same Fantasy Football league since she was six years old, and her mom, who plays in a 5-0 football pool. She’s also won the family March Madness pool four times in a row. An avid Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and Cubs fan, she’s excited to share her love of sports and cute guys as the newest HAM Hunter. When she’s not glued to the television on Sundays, Hannah follows the latest in entertainment and red carpet fashion, and makes delicious Betty Crocker brownies. You can follow her at @hgettle12.

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