The New England Patriots won Super Bowl 51 in miraculous fashion. A 25-point comeback crushed the previous Super Bowl record of 10 points, and right in the middle of all the drama was former Detroit Lions linebacker Kyle Van Noy. Van Noy was traded from the Lions to the Patriots in late October, and since then, his career has completely turned around. In just seven weeks of regular season play, Van Noy nearly doubled his career stats and even notched his first career interception.
Now his career has culminated in a Super Bowl win. Van Noy, himself, only had a modest game. He only managed one tackle and 0.5 sacks during the entire game, but he got to kiss the Lombardi Trophy all the same.
Of course, over his two and a half years in Detroit, Van Noy developed some lifelong friendships with players who understand that football is a business. Several of those teammates reached out to Van Noy after the Super Bowl to congratulate the young linebacker on the Super Bowl win.
Happy for my nephew Mal and my dawg @KVN_03 congrats to you boys!!— Quandre Diggs (@qdiggs6) February 6, 2017
Congrats @KVN_03 On Winning The Super Bowl!— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) February 6, 2017
Congrats @KVN_03 happy for you Brodie✊— Tahir Whitehead (@Big_Tah47) February 6, 2017
Super Bowl Champ Kyle Van Noy @KVN_03 Congrats bro!!! #SB51— Ezekiel Ansah (@Ziggy_Ansah) February 6, 2017
A big congrats to @III_Flowers @LaAdrianWaddle @KVN_03 !!!!!!— Travis Swanson (@Tswan64) February 6, 2017
Any words from you, Mr. Van Noy?
Super Bowl Champs!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh hyped!!!!!!— Kyle Van Noy (@KVN_03) February 6, 2017
While it’s sad Van Noy didn’t work out in Detroit, we’re happy he got his ring and we wish him the best in the future. Enjoy it, Kyle! And if you ever want to bring the Lombardi back to Detroit to show it around for a little, we wouldn’t mind.