The Super Bowl is in four days, and three sleeps from now Sione Fua could have a ring. If you need a reminder of how weird the NFL can be, this is it.
Completely unsolicited I had two fans remind me of Fua on Twitter, moments apart -- he's crafty that way.
@James_Dator Just occurred to me that Sione Fua might have a Super Bowl ring by this time next week.— Kyle Weller (@kylerweller) January 29, 2014
Drafted by the Panthers, ineffective at nose tackle, moved to offensive guard where he was bad too -- it's the floundering weirdness that has typified the mid-rounds of the draft for so long. I'll own that I totally whiffed in evaluating Fua. Film showed a barrel-chested strong defensive tackle that didn't have much pop at the point of attack, but who ate space. It was precisely what the Panthers needed at the position.
It probably should have been a warning sign that Jim Harbaugh had no interest in adding him to the 49ers roster in his first season after coaching him at Stanford.
SUPER BOWL DRINKING GAME
If the announcers mention Sione Fua's name, down a bottle and jump into traffic.