Atlantic and Cumberland counties were represented as the Rams celebrated the Super Bowl championship at home on Sunday in Los Angeles.
Vineland native Jamil Demby was on the sidelines as his team earned a three-point victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
The NFL offensive guard was injured early in the season and unable to play, but his parents and new wife were cheering as loudly as anyone, keeping the faith until the end when the Rams took the win.
“I really want to go through it all again,” Demby’s mother, Jazmine Demby, told BreakingAC. “It’s like your wedding day, everything goes so fast.”
She recalled the ups and downs her son went through during his short NFL career. Drafted by the Rams in 2018, he was briefly sent to the Detroit Lions before LA recalled him.
“Nevertheless, it’s still there, hanging on,” the proud mom said.
And that’s what his family did as they watched LA take the lead in a late touchdown that ended up winning the championship.
“It was the most amazing feeling ever,” said Jazmine Demby.
“He wasn’t even playing and our hearts will continue to beat,” she said. “There was just something in the air that told us we were going to win, we just had to wait.”
Starting out in the Midget League, a young Jamil told his mom he was going to the Super Bowl.
“It’s true, baby,” she told him. “Whatever you put your heart into, we’ll do it.”
But inside she was thinking, ‘Let’s get this midget game over with,’ she laughed.
By the time he entered high school, his dreams were more realistic: getting into a Division I school and playing college.
Demby played his entire senior year with a shoulder injury so he could keep that dream alive.
He ended up at the University of Maine and in 2018 was drafted in the sixth round, 192 overall.
When he finally got to play his first professional game, he told his mom that he thought it was enough, having played the game he loves on an NFL field.
But the dream was not over, it seems. Now he will have a Super Bowl ring, while the extent of his career remains undetermined.
While the Dembys were on the field celebrating the Lombardi, an Atlantic City high school graduate had to lift the trophy himself.
Sports agent David Canter was in a good – if somewhat nerve-wracking – position to have clients on both teams.
While disappointed for Bengals safety Vonn Bell, the former Margate resident placed himself between his two other clients in the win: placekicker Matt Gay and Eric Weddle.
Weddle was a bit of a fairy tale in this year’s playoffs.
The six-time Pro Bowl safety came out of retirement last month after the Rams safety suffered a season-ending injury.
He then played a key role in the playoffs. In the championship game, he suffered a torn pecs in the second quarter. But he kept playing, saved and finished with five tackles.
“I knew the greatness both men had and have within them,” Canter wrote of the experience. “Now world champions, the next step for Eric is the Hall of Fame, for Matt a new contract and security that he and his lovely family so deserve.”
In an interview with BreakingAC in 2019, Canter attributed his success in the cutthroat world of athlete representation to Atlantic City.
“Atlantic City is the reason why – 100% – I believe I am the man I am today,” he said at the time.
Canter grew up in various places, including Miami Beach. Just before eighth grade, he moved to his father’s house in Margate, graduating from Eugene A. Tighe School in 1986.
But it was at Atlantic High that the self-proclaimed privileged child’s arrogance met reality and learned real strength.
Now, the 1990 Atlantic High Class alum has the memories of an incredible Super Bowl with three clients.
“Going to sleep tonight after a stressful six week long run exuberant on my brothers success but shattered by the loss of my client Vonn Bell’s team,” he wrote. “There is no tomorrow for these experiences. We will never be here again at this exact time, but the love, respect and admiration I have for the three men will never fade.