No, this isn’t a flashback of the Utes vs. the USC Trojans in college football last year when Kyle Whittingham decided to go for a two point conversion. This story is about a different guy whose path took him from Utah to Massachusetts. No we aren’t talking about Gordon Hayward. We are talking about Kyle VanNoy.
The former BYU linebacker made headlines as he made a crucial tackle that gave the ball back to the offense that scored 31 unanswered points in the second half and overtime of Super Bowl LI.
This year Kyle has been that same sparkplug that keeps the engine of the New England defense running. In the AFC championship game he and fellow teammate Trey Flowers tied for most individual tackles with 9 each. His consistent aggression once again helped his team make a big second half run after being down early in the first half against a stingy Jaguars defense dubbed Sacksonville by many NFL analysts.
With another Super Bowl coming for Kyle, Patriots fans better hope Kyle VanNoy’s attempt for two goes better than BYU’s rival in the Utah Utes when Coach Kyle Whittingham unsuccessfully attempted a two point conversion attempt at the end of the game in Los Angeles last year. In this Super Bowl it’s more likely that Justin Timberlake has a wardrobe malfunction with one of his backup dancers than Kyle has a tackle malfunction. Mr. VanNoy was born to tackle and will look to help the Patriots record their sixth Super Bowl victory and tie the Steelers for most Super Bowl wins.