Super Bowl watch party planned for Byron Maxwell

Published: Jan. 30, 2014 at 11:52 PM EST|Updated: May. 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM EDT
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The Petersfield Community of Hollywood is home to Byron Maxwell of the Seattle Seahawks. Super Bowl Sunday, they plan to celebrate him with a watch party at 5:00 p.m. on Petersfield Road in Hollywood.

Maxwell is also a graduate of Ft. Dorchester High School, where he played football for the Patriots. Getting to the big game is never easy, but for Maxwell, there have been hurdles that make this accomplishment even sweeter.

"He blew his ACL out his junior year, it was a pretty traumatic thing," Maxwell's high school coach Steve LaPrad said. "Clemson stayed with him. It wasn't an easy road for him, he was a 6th round draft pick. The good thing about Byron is when he gets an opportunity to do something, he always does it." 

Even this season, Maxwell didn't begin the year as a starter, but injuries and suspensions thrust him into a volatile position. And instead of being the weak link, Maxwell has shined.

"The door kinda opened up in Seattle this year too, five weeks ago he wasn't playing but about 50% of the time." LaPrad said. "Now, they've got three guys going to the Pro Bowl and he's about as good as those three."

Maxwell is one of several Lowcountry natives to make it to the Super Bowl. Over the last few years, Rod Wilson, Pierson Prioleau, Omar Brown and Tracy White have reached that iconic game. Now they have memories that still stick with them.

"A lot of hard work," White said of his week before the big game. "Just focusing on what we had to do. My main priority was trying to get that starting job (at LB for the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI). I was zoned in to do what I had to do the whole week."  

"I remember pulling up to the stadium and looking around at all the banners and pictures of guys hanging up," said Wilson who played in Super Bowl XLI with the Chicago Bears. "The crowd and fans are out there chanting and it kinda hits you then, this is the Super Bowl. But after a while it calms down, the nervousness goes away and you think to yourself, this is just another game."

Wilson, who played against Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLI, also has some advice for Maxwell.

"It was tough but you just gotta trust what your coaches are putting in for the system and the game plan they're putting in. And study, study as much as you can and be prepared as much as you can to go out there and play."  

"Keep the same routine," Wilson adds. "Don't try to go out there and do anything different. Just take it as another game. Keep the same routine, prepare as usual but maybe take it up another notch."

"Just have fun," White said. "Be relaxed. He (Maxwell) played, he started a lot of games so this shouldn't be anything new to him. Just go out there and have fun and do your job and the chips will fall where they may"

Maxwell's biggest cheering section may be at Ft. Dorchester. 

"Everybody's a Seahawks fan around here," LaPrad said" I texted him and said I know you got one right (from winning the division championship) but it sure would be nice to see all the diamonds in a Super Bowl Ring. He texted back and said 'Coach, I want it' so hopefully he gets it."