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Former WCU Player Headed For Super Bowl

February 1, 2012

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Dan DePalma ('11).

Former West Chester University football player, Dan DePalma ('11), is in Indianapolis with the New York Giants this week as a member of their practice squad. The former All-PSAC wide receiver for the Golden Rams is a member of the Giants' practice squad and has been tasked with imitating New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker as the Giants prepare to take on the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI Sunday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis.

DePalma, who spent the preseason with the cross-town rival Jets, was signed by the Giants the last week of training camp after the Jets waived him to trim down to the regular-season maximum number of players. He has been with the Giants practice squad all season. New York's coaching staff has cut up film of Patriots' all-pro wide receiver Wes Welker and given the film to DePalma. It is DePalma's job to study the film and run the exact same routes as Welker, so the Giants defense can get an accurate account of what New England will do on Sunday.

Should the New York Giants win Super Bowl XLVI, DePalma and the rest of the Giants on the active roster and practice squad would receive a Super Bowl championship ring. DePalma would become the third former West Chester University football player with a Super Bowl ring. Lee Woodall and Ralph Tamm were each a member of the 1995 San Francisco 49ers team that won Super Bowl XXIV.