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Former JT Lions set to meet for trip to the Super Bowl


Their pictures are side by side in the John Tyler field house.  On Sunday, 49ers running Kendall Hunter and Seahawks defensive back Jeremy Lane will play against each other for the third time this season.  No surprise to Barry Anderson who coached both kendall and Jeremy at John Tyler.

"If you would have seen them during their high school period, you knew they were going places," said Anderson.  "They were very selfless players, very intense, very dedicated. Both of them are just winners."

There are several East Texans in the NFL, but two former lions squaring off says a lot about the John Tyler program.

"We have a great group of kids that come through here and they not only have a successful career at John Tyler, but they move on to have one at college, graduate like these two have, and then move onto to the professional level," said John Tyler head football coach Ricklan Holmes.

"It's unbelievable to watch them play on TV on Sunday," said Anderson.  "You know it speaks a lot for the John Tyler program as a whole, the school."

Friends, absolutely. But for a few hours on Sunday, the former high schools teammates will be all business in trying to help lead their team to Super Bowl XLVIII

"For 60 minutes they are not going to like each other either," said Holmes.  "You know it is what It is, you are gridiron, you on the battlefield. I'm sure they are going to stay in contact with each other over the week.  They're going to have a little trash talk because that's what John Tyler does, but its friendly. Especially at that level, it's a business and they are business and it's a different thing in between lines than outside the lines.

Either way, someone is headed to the Super Bowl XLVIII

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