He was a WPDE All-Zone football selection in 2003 with the Marlboro County Bulldogs. Now, Denver Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers is headed to the Super Bowl.
Ayers sacked New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the AFC Championship game in a 26-16 Broncos victory. It was Ayers only tackle of the contest. But it stopped a Patriots drive and forced them to kick a field goal.
Ayers, 28, is a 6'3" 274 pounder who was born in Clio, South Carolina. He played in the Shrine Bowl following his senior season at Marlboro County High. He made first-team All-SEC with the Tennessee Volunteers, and was a first round pick by Denver in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 400 yards and two TD passes in the game.
Denver will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, February 2 at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Seattle beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in the NFC Championship game.
Seahawks defensive tackle Tony McDaniel was born in Hartsville and attended Keenan High in Columbia. McDaniel made three tackles in the NFC title game. He played college football at Tennessee and was an undrafted free agent in 2006.