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Fans watch Byron native play in Super Bowl

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It was Ravens versus the 49ers as millions of Americans watched to see who would come out on top in Super Bowl 47.

For folks down in Byron, the game had extra meaning, as they watch one of their own on the field.

Safety Sean Considine signed on with the Ravens in March.  The excitement level for many Byron natives has only increased as this season comes to an end.

Before Considine played for the Ravens, and before he was even in the NFL,  he played for Byron High School.

Now, years later, a loyal fan base is watching him play in the Super Bowl at Tailgater's Pub and Grill, just a few blocks from where he got his start. And they're all waiting to catch a glimpse of their hometown hero, number 37.

In a small town like Byron, everyone knows everyone else.  

Jody Meyer says, "My youngest son Mark Meyer was a fullback and he played all four years with Sean. I mean all through kindergarten, Sean and Mark were very good friends."

"I coached Rick, his father, and his mother was a cheerleader, they're just a great family," says Frank Conry. Conry also was Sean's Principal a few years later at Byron CUSD #226.

Even Sean's 7th grade science teacher Judy Fager is here to watch him in play in football's biggest game. "And everybody's really proud of him. All the kids in Byron just idolize him, follow him, and really think highly of him," says Fager.

"It's like almost a miracle to think a small town kid could be in the super bowl. and then it's even cooler that he lives here. you know he didn't get uppity, he didn't move away. he's just the same kids he really is," says Conry.

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