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Selvish Capers Represents WVU in Super Bowl


Some professional football players go their entire careers without ever stepping foot on the field for a Super Bowl. For Selvish Capers, it took just two seasons.

The former WVU offensive lineman won't be suiting up and playing tonight, but he will proudly slip on his No. 60 New York Giants jersey and watch a season's worth of hard work pay off on the field.

"I'm blessed," Capers said in a phone interview Sunday. "A lot of athletes don't get to experience this, especially not in their second year. I'm blessed to be here and I'm definitely living it up and looking forward to this victory that we're trying to get today."

Capers and his Giants teammates have been in Indianapolis since Monday putting together a mix of work and play to make the Super Bowl week one to remember.

On Tuesday, he took part in his first Super Bowl media day, which is famous for being just about the most ridiculous farce of a reporting event that exists in sports and one that generally yields as many non-sports-related questions as inquiries regarding the game.

A photo of Capers wearing a sombrero and dancing with Televisa's Marisol Gonzalez inside Lucas Oil Stadium made it clear that the lineman was enjoying himself, a little kid experiencing any little kid's dream of the biggest game in football.

"The media day was the big day. I wasn't expecting all those pictures," Capers laughs. "I wasn't that big of a focal point on media day, but it was a good experience and I got to interact with the media and talk to the fans. But at the same time, we're out here for business, so we've got to take care of business also."

The business side of the trip began the very next day when New York had its first of three full practices leading up to Saturday's walk-through.

A year ago, he was at home watching all these festivities as a member of the Washington Redskins, the team that took him with the 231st overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. The Redskins released Capers in September just before his second season began, and he signed to the Giants' practice squad the following month.

"D.C. was great. They gave me the opportunity to be drafted and to play in the NFL my first year, so I have nothing but love for D.C. and for the Redskins organization," says Capers. "I wound up playing for the Giants and have an opportunity to play for a Super Bowl. Everything happens for a reason and I was blessed in both situations."

Everything happens for a reason is a mentality that Capers must have been carrying with him for a number of years now. When he got to West Virginia University, he was a tight end with incredible size. Maybe too much size. So his coaching staff decided put a few extra plates of dinner in front of him and turn him into a tackle.

He didn't like the move at the time, but now he clearly sees it paying off.

"When they switched me, I was still a little mad probably my whole first year," says Capers. "That kind of was like a shock to me and I felt like the coaching staff was doing me dirty, but at the same time, they saw the bigger picture and saw that my career could go a whole lot further if I just made that switch."

It's tough to go much further than a Super Bowl appearance, but Capers is still working toward the day when he can move up from the practice squad and begin playing as part of the active roster. Until then, he gives everything he's got on a daily basis to improve the athletes who will represent the Giants on the field tonight.

"They us that, too, that we help them out by giving them the looks they need in practice," says Capers. "Our practices are our game film. That's our audition tapes for the coaches to let them know that we may be ready to be on the active roster."

Since he has been in the NFL, Capers has made a conscious effort to make himself a viable option at any position along the offensive line so if ever a spot comes open, he can be the one to fill it.

A season as an NFL starter, or even a fully-dressed backup, continues to serve as motivation for a player who believes he is yet to truly experience the role he set out to achieve at this level of football.

But whether active roster or practice squad contributor, Capers will do all he can on Super Bowl Sunday to help the Giants raise the Lombardi Trophy.

If they do, you can bet he will enjoy the shower of confetti as much as anyone else on that field.

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