By Ray Hamill — There’s a pretty good chance the California community college system will be well represented at this year’s Super Bowl.
In fact, there’s a pretty good chance both quarterbacks will be California JC products.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is the favorite to be league MVP this year, got his collegiate start at Butte College, while Buffalo QB Josh Allen, also a frontrunner for MVP, got his collegiate start at Reedley College.
A story on the California Community College Athletic Association website this week breaks down the connection between the state’s JCs and the four teams remaining in the playoffs as we get set for the two conference championship games on Sunday.
And it doesn’t end with Rodgers and Allen.
According to the report, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady, another California native, spent a lot of time honing his skills over the years on the College of San Mateo campus in his home town.
In addition, Kansas City head coach Andy Reid played offensive tackle for Glendale Community College before embarking on a legendary coaching career.
And the importance of the JC system was invaluable in shaping the careers of Rodgers and Allen in particular, while giving them the chance to develop their game.
According to the story, neither Rodgers (Pleasant Valley High School in Chico) nor Allen (Firebaugh High near Fresno) received D-I offers coming out of high school, with both of them taking the JC route instead.
It certainly appears to have paid off for both players, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Sunday’s games pit the Buccaneers and Packers against each other in the NFC (12:05 p.m.) and the Bills and Chiefs in the AFC (3:40 p.m.).