Vonta Leach Representing East Carolina in Super Bowl 47


North Carolina continues to shine in professional football. While North Carolinian’s don’t have their hometown Panthers to cheer onto Super Bowl victory, they do have many local heroes.

Jan 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens fullback Vonta Leach (44) against the Denver Broncos during the AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Lumberton, North Carolina’s Vonta Leach is about to take the field with the chance of a lifetime to win America’s biggest game and championship. More importantly, he’s made it clear that he is ready to take own the 49er’s own Patrick Willis.

"“All games are physical, but against them it’s real, real physical,” Leach told the San Francisco Chronicle. “That’s good. It will be a great match up. Pro Bowl linebacker. Pro Bowl fullback. Let’s get it.”"

Leach is six-foot tall and two-hundred and sixty pounds and is bigger than Willis.

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His career began with the East Carolina Pirates, where he rushed for three-hundred and twenty yards, racked up forty-four receiving yards and five touchdowns.

He went un-drafted in the 2004 NFL Draft to the Green Bay Packers. In 2011 he signed a three year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

In his NFL career he now has seventy rushing yards and three touchdowns. He also holds some honorable awards and achievements.

Leach is a three-time Pro-Bowler, voted three times All-Pro, and has now won an AFC Conference Championship. Could Sunday be the day he earns a Super Bowl ring?