CHESAPEAKE (WAVY) — The NFL is celebrating it’s upcoming 50th Super Bowl in many ways, including giving former championship players a chance to share their accomplishments with their high schools.
That was the case at Western Branch High School on Wednesday night. Dre Bly did it all at Western Branch. A football, baseball and track star, he was one of the most productive defensive backs in ACC history at North Carolina before his 11-year NFL career.
A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Dre began his NFL career in 1999 with the St. Louis Rams as a second round pick, and played a key role on the Rams Super Bowl winning team his rookie season.
It was because of that game, that Bly, with his parents and former coaches along side, presented Western Branch with a gold colored football, celebrating the nearly 3,000 players who have played in Super Bowls.
With the Rams moving to Los Angeles next season, it was bittersweet for Bly to reflect back on his time with the Rams in St. Louis.
“It’s probably more special for us than anything being a St. Louis Ram and now with the Rams moving to L.A.,” Bly said. “Just being rewarded for what I was able to accomplish, playing in two Super Bowls, won one, lost one, as a little kid it’s what you dream for. I had a chance to play in the biggest game in this country and I’m just honored to be here today.”
Dre lives in Charlotte with his wife and five children. He coaches at a local high school and broadcasts ACC football games.
His best years were his four with the Lions, but he won his Super Bowl with the Rams, a team he really didn’t want to play for.
“Of all the teams that I could have gotten drafted by in the second round, the worst team of the 90’s selected me,” Bly said. “It just tells you how hard work and dedication in my favor helped turn things around. Dick Vermeil did an excellent job and it ended up being the brightest years of my life.”