As you’ll surely hear many times over the next two weeks, Super Bowl LI in Houston will represent a homecoming for several New England Patriots players.
Wide receiver Danny Amendola, cornerback Eric Rowe, tight end Martellus Bennett and defensive tackle Malcom Brown all spent their formative years in the Houston area, and after the Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Houston Chronicle online sports editor Matt Young shared some photos of those players from their high school glory days.
Let’s start with Amendola, who apparently weighed about 125 pounds during his time at The Woodlands High School.
Next up is Rowe, who looked … well, pretty much the same as he does now. Rowe was born in Cleveland but grew up in Klein, Texas, roughly 25 miles north of downtown Houston.
Finally, here’s a look at the teenaged versions of Bennett and Brown, both of whom were physically imposing even in high school:
New England also has a University of Houston product on its roster in rookie linebacker Elandon Roberts. Offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer played for the Cougars, as well, but he spent all of this season on the physically unable to perform list.
The Patriots will take on the NFC champion Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium.
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