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Super Bowl LI, Atlanta Falcons vs New England Patriots: Who should Mountain West fans root for?

HEY! Today is the Super Bowl, who are you cheering on.

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If you are a New England Patriots or Atlanta Falcons fan we thank you for the click and move on since you have a team to root for in Super Bowl LI.

Here is how America is rooting for the Big Game.

And since this is a Mountain West website, lets look at what former members of the league who could be getting a ring.

Atlanta Falcons

Ben Garland, Air Force, OL — Third-year player from the Academy and is listed as a back up center and left guard. Look for him to get at least a few snaps at guard tonight.

Wes Schweitzer, San Jose State, OL - The rookie is also a backup offensive lineman on the two-deep and listed as the No. 2 right guard behind Chris Chester.

D.J. Tialavea, Utah State, TE - Tialavea has seen little action being the fourth tight end for the Falcons. He has one reception for 11 yards which went for a touchdown in Week 16. Unless the Falcons bring out the ultimate jumbo package odds are Tialavea is not going to play.

Akeem King, San Jose State, CB - King was placed on injured reserve in fall camp, but prior to that the second-year player was in the mix to be a starter for this defense.

Jhurell Pressley, New Mexico, RB - Yes, he is on the practice squad but he is part of the team, and will get a ring if they upset the Patriots.

New England Patriots

Shea McClellin, Boise State, LB - McClellin has spent five years in the NFL with this being his first in New England. He is their starting linebacker and has 43 tackles and a sack this year.

Chris Barker, Nevada, OL - Barker is in his second-year in the NFL and he is one of the unsung players on the practice squad that help their team make it to this point of the season where an NFL championship is on the line.


San Jose State has the most players from one school but overall the Falcons have the most former Mountain West players in action today. For those under a rock the game kicks at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX or streaming on Fox Sports Go.

Happy Super Bowl.