Now they're teammates in the Super Bowl, a chance for Ellis to end his turbulent year at the peak of professional football. Best of all, family members plan to drive his mother — who is recovering well from emergency surgery but can't fly yet — from her home in Anderson to the game.
On the field, her son will be thinking about his friend who is gone. He believes that will give him strength, and help him cope.
It's his first chance to win a Super Bowl ring, maybe his only chance to finally get some closure.
"Hopefully, we can put a great ending to the story," he said.
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