EUFAULA, Ala. (WDHN) — Millions of people tune in to the Super Bowl every year, and this year, the Wiregrass will be paying close attention to Super Bowl 56 between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams.
Les Snead, a Eufaula native, is in his 10th season as the general manager of the NFC champions but his second trip to the Super Bowl in four years.
“We’re more experienced, playing at home that’s different, and I think we came up short at the silver medal instead of the gold last time doing everything it takes to plan and prepare and do everything it takes is important to us,” Les Snead said.
Snead grew up loving the game of football — he was an all-state offensive lineman at Eufaula High School. He then took his talents to the collegiate level where he switched to tight end at Troy State before transferring to Auburn in 1992.
After his playing days in college, he stayed on the plains as a graduate assistant. In 1997, he got his first taste of the pros — Snead served as a pro scout for the Jacksonville Jaguars for two years and a scout for the Atlanta Falcons for 13 seasons.
Although Snead is now over 2000 miles away from home, he says you can never forget where you came from, so while bringing home his first championship is huge for him, it’s a big moment for Eufaula.
“You feel like you’re sharing it with people that you grew up with, or people who took time to parent you, coach you, teach you, administrate you, all of those things. Pastor you. Whatever that goes on,” Snead said.
Eufaula is used to wearing red but this week the citizens will be decked out in blue and gold cheering the rams on to a victory.