By Mary Paoletti
INDIANAPOLIS -- You probably didn't know much about Rob Ninkovich two years ago. What was there to say? He got nowhere as a New Orleans long snapper, floundered further on the Miami practice squad.
But it all came together in New England.
In his second season with the Patriots, his sixth in the NFL, Ninkovich is now an invaluable member of the defense. He'll start in Super Bowl XLVI this Sunday. During Tuesday's media melee, Ninkovich had his own island of availability at Lucas Oil Stadium. A sign announcing his name stuck up from the end zone seats where he held court.
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