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Hofstra's Colon not playing, but will be in picture

Andrew Quarless isn’t the only guy with Long Island roots at the Super Bowl. He’s not even the only guy with roots that go along Hempstead Turnpike just west of the Meadowbrook Parkway. But he’ll be the only one playing on Sunday.

Hofstra’s Willie Colon, whose Achilles burst in a workout just prior to the start of training camp, was a starting tackle for the Steelers and spent the season in injured reserve. He had surgery and said he’s at about 85 percent strength in the area right now but expects to be ready for OTAs.

If they happen and where they’ll happen, Colon doesn’t know. He’s due to be a free agent after the season, so he’s one of the 500 or so players in career limbo waiting to see what happens with the CBA.

“We’ll see how it all works out,” Colon said. “It should be interesting.”

Colon said he’s been “truly blessed” by the way the coaching staff and players have kept him involved in the team’s season. At one point today he was even wearing a painted cardboard box over his head like a robot and asking questions at Mike Tomlin’s interview podium.

And of course, the Steelers are not the Packers.

“Yeah, they’re going to let me in the team picture,” he said. “Everybody keeps asking me that.”

The last time Colon played in the Super Bowl, he had a college program to be proud of him. Now, of course, there is no football program at Hofstra.

“It’s tough that they let the program go,” Colon said. “There was so much history, so many good ballplayers came out of there. It was a stamp of Long Island. I’d love to see some type of action to get it back.”

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