Deangelo Tyson wrapped up his rookie NFL season the way all football players would dream - a Super Bowl win.
"It's just slowly sinking in 'cause I know we won the game but I think it'll be better when we get our Super Bowl rings," he said one week later during a weekend visit back home to Statesboro.
The Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman recorded an assisted tackle in the victory over the San Francisco 49'ers. That earns him at least a footnote in the Super Bowl records for a game that will be especially remembered for the power failure that shut down half the Superdome's lights and delayed the game 30 minutes or so.
"It suddenly turned into two games because you had to get ready to play all over again," he explained.
The temporary darkness was a stark contrast to the spotlight football has shown on him since high school. As a senior at Statesboro High, he played in the Army's All-American game and accepted a scholarship at the University of Georgia. In all of those accolades, he credited the adults who raised him at Joseph's Home for Boys as well as Kim Lamb, a teacher whose family gave Deangelo an unofficial family.
His story, from a surrogate family to playing in the SEC and NFL, could be a script to a movie. It almost mirrors the life of Ravens teammate Michael Oher, the inspiration for the award-winning film "The Blind Side".
"We have discussed each other's situation. He says mine is more legit because his started in high school and mine started in fourth grade," he noted. "He says my mom seems more like the lady in the movie because she's southern and country and tells it like it is."
Tyson spent the Friday after the Super Bowl visiting former teachers and coaches, from elementary to high school.
"I saw on Facebook the other day where my mom said I'm a son of Statesboro because of all the people who had in what I've accomplished."
While his rookie season could not have finished any better, he hopes it isn't his or the Raven's last trip to the Super Bowl.