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Z Files: Can Ginn steal Super Bowl spotlight?

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The biggest story heading into Super Bowl 50 is, without question, Peyton Manning. Can his "last rodeo", as he reportedly phrased it to Bill Belichick, land him in legendary territory, as he rides off into the sunset fresh off a Super Bowl win, much like another Broncos quarterback, John Elway? 

If not, the biggest story coming OUT of Super Bowl 50 will likely be Cam Newton, as he caps off an MVP-caliber season in fun, flashy style.

But to us here in Northeast Ohio, the biggest story of Super Bowl 50 just may be the rise (again) of Ted Ginn Jr., one of the best feel-good stories of this Carolina Panthers run.

There's a reason why Panthers head coach Ron Rivera gave the game ball to Ginn following the Panthers' blowout win over the Cardinals in the NFC Championship. Ginn not only showed that speed kills in that win, scoring on a 22 yd reverse. He also showed that perseverance pays off.

It wasn't that long ago that the Cardinals gave up on him. It wasn't that long ago that he was considered a bust. But it was also never his fault that the Miami Dolphins took him 9th overall in the 2007 Draft, only to be booed out of the building by their fans.

Ginn never lived up to expectations in Miami, and while he showed flashes of brilliance at other stops (49'ers), he also had issues catching the football. No more. The former Glenville and Ohio State star pulled in 44 passes for 739 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015. Those 10 touchdowns account for half of his career total. Now he's one win away from a championship ring. A key member of a team that's been on a mission this season, and seems very likely to complete the title run next week. It shouldn't surprise anyone if Ginn makes a game-changing play in Santa Clara.

Ginn has had his share of downs in the NFL, but now he's up. Way up. It's great to see. Unless you're the Arizona Cardinals, and you sure could have used that guy you cut loose a year ago.

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