Countdown to the Big Game: Day 3 - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Countdown to the Big Game: Day 3

New England Patriots center Dan Connolly talks to reporters during a media availability in the locker room at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) New England Patriots center Dan Connolly talks to reporters during a media availability in the locker room at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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Number 3 in our countdown is a former SEMO offensive lineman.

Dan Connolly signed as an undrafted free agent with Jacksonville in 2005, but he made his mark with New England from 2007-14.

He earned three AFC Championships and one Super Bowl ring blocking for Tom Brady.

In 2010, Connolly set the record for the longest return kick off by an offensive lineman, returning one 71 yards against Green Bay.

He was also a Patriots team captain.

For a full list of people from the Heartland with NFL ties, you can click here.

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