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Old 01-20-2015, 06:40 PM   #1
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Woodlands native Amendola to play in the Super Bowl

Less than 1 percent of high school football players go on to play in the NFL. Even less than that get a chance to play in the Super Bowl. But former Woodlands standout Danny Amendola, currently a wide receiver for the Patriots, is doing just that next Sunday.

Even from a young age, it was Amendola's dream to play professional football.

"When he was a young kid, he would practice catching the ball in bounds with two feet, so he could get ready for the pros. I was thinking, 'Son, just catch the ball and get a foot down,'" says Danny Amendola's dad, Willie Amendola.

But Danny Amendola's average build didn't exactly measure up to the NFL standards. Overcoming the odds, Danny Amendola caught for more than 1,000 yards at The Woodlands and went on to play at Texas Tech.

"When he walked across the white line, he was tenacious. Any ball that was in the air was his ball. As a play caller back in those days, you always felt good about calling Danny's number because you always knew he was going to make the play," said Woodlands head coach Mark Schmid.

Now Danny Amendola is catching touchdowns from one of the league's best, Tom Brady, and playing for a Super Bowl title.

"He's always had it in his mind he wanted to play professionally, so it's really fun to watch him work so hard to get where he's at," said Willie Amendola.

"To see him get an opportunity to play on the world's biggest stage in terms of football, the Super Bowl, it's just huge for all of us," said Schmid.

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