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Hunter heading to the Super Bowl

'Never give up on your dreams'

It's pretty crazy to think that North Bay could have a Grey Cup champ and a Super Bowl champ in the same season. 

Mike O'Shea did his part winning the Grey Cup with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this fall as the head coach. 

See related: North Bay's O'Shea hoists the Grey Cup again

Now, North Bay's own Ryan Hunter is one win away from Super Bowl glory.  

The offensive lineman with the high powered Kansas City Chiefs saw his team roll to a 35-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans Sunday in the AFC championship.

"AFC CHAMPS!! See y’all in Miami," stated Hunter via social media after the Sunday victory.  

"Truly a dream since I was a kid... super bowl bound!! #AFCchamp," he tweeted.

His mom, Louise Hunter, was thrilled for her son.  

"Wow, Ryan Hunter, can you believe this," she exclaimed on Facebook.  

"The Chiefs off to the Super Bowl! Congratulations! You always said, 'Never give up on your dreams!' Yours is about to come through! All your hard work has paid off. Enjoy every moment. So proud of you!"

Matt Gordon, who was Hunter's coach with the Nipissing Wild, cannot believe one of his former players will be competing in the Super Bowl. 

"Congrats Ryan, no one deserves it more! From North Bay to the Super Bowl, crazy," he said.  

Algonquin Barons Football, where he played before going to school in Buffalo, also congratulated their alum. 

"A former Baron just made his dream come true and goes to the Super Bowl," stated the Barons Facebook Page.  

"Well done! Amazing! We're all proud of you!" 

In two weeks in Miami, Hunter and the Chiefs will play San Francisco, which rolled to a 37-20 win over Green Bay in the NFC title game.

See related: North Bay's Ryan Hunter added to Chiefs playoff active roster 

It's been a roller-coaster season for Hunter, who has moved back and forth between the practice and active roster.  He got the good news on January 7, that he had been added back to the active roster for the playoffs. 

"Trust the process," Hunter stated on Twitter after that news.  

The offensive lineman moved up from the practice squad replacing injured rookie safety Juan Thornhill who was put on injured reserve.  

The 24-year-old got into three games early in the season and played about 14 snaps in the team's early-season loss to the Indianapolis Colts. 


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