Update: Number 13 on the New York Giants, Ramses Barden, a 2003 Flintridge Prep graduate, didn't clock any game time during the Super Bowl, but the wide receiver's team was victorious Sunday.
The Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17, so Barden, who played in eight games this season, will receive a Super Bowl ring.
Earlier: graduate and New York Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden is in Indianapolis for his first Super Bowl.
Whether he plays in the Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots is very much in question.
Barden told ESPN New York that being on a winning Super Bowl team would be living a childhood dream.
“We get to play for that ring,” Barden said. “We get to play for that trophy and that’s the biggest thing. That’s the goal everyone’s got set since they were a little kid and they started playing this game.”
But injuries have sidelined the third-year receiver since Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys. Barden was coming off ankle surgery and played in only eight games this season. He caught nine passesfor 94 yards and no touchdowns.
He has been inactive for all three of the playoff games for the New York Giants, which has a deep and talented group of receivers, including Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
Barden's status for the Super Bowl will be a game-day decision by coach Tom Coughlin.
Barden was a third-round draft choice in 2009 by the Giants out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His father played basketball at New York University and was on a Final Four team in 1960.
Barden played on the Flintridge Prep football team that won the CIF Southern Section Division XIII championship in 2003. As a senior wide receiver on that team, he caught 41 passes for 915 yards and 14 touchdowns. Flintridge Prep beat Pasadena Poly, 17-10, in the Division XIII championship game.
He also played basketball, volleyball and ran on the track team at Flintridge Prep. He averaged 17.2 points and eight rebounds per game in his senior season on the basketball team.
Barden set a number of school records while at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He holds the single-season record for receiving yards (1,467 yards) and receptions (206). He caught 18 touchdown passes in both his sophomore and junior seasons, school and Great West Conference records.