Crostons prepare for Super Bowl weekend
In six days, SB-L graduate Cole Croston will fulfill a childhood dream as he steps on the field for Super Bowl LII
Croston's father Dave says, "It's still sinking in because in the NFL, you don't know how long you're going to be there. You look back a few years before, we weren't even sure if he'd be playing at Iowa, so to have him come this far in this short of time, it's still sinking in... it's pretty cool."
A former NFL player himself, Dave's message to Cole has been to soak in every moment this weekend. "You have to take advantage of it while you can and my hope is that he has a long career but the odds are against any guy in the NFL... I went through it 30 years ago, and the typical player lasts 3 years or less, so you just want to realize that this isn't going to go on forever... and he's a smart kid-finance major, so I think he gets it, so my job is easy there."
Cole has only been on the active roster for a handful of games, but whether he sees the field or now, this should prove to be a monumental week for the Croston family.
"In the Super Bowl, whether he's active or inactive, and we probably won't know until close to game time... he'll be there regardless... I think at some point you have to sit back and say 'this is awesome' and just go enjoy your time... Someone's going to win, someone's going to lose. But either way it could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. I'm just happy to be able to go take it all in. Those guys are doing all the hard work and we just get to go up and enjoy it, so I just feel fortunate to be part of it."