Rob NinkovichSchool: Lincoln-Way Central High School, New Lenox, Ill.
"Back in high school he always wanted to be the best," said Steve Provis, who was Ninkovich's position coach in high school. "He was the first to show up and the last to leave. He was highly respected. All the success he had he would always deflect it to others. It's the perfect fit where he is now. I think he and Bill Belichick work so well together." Did they see him as a Super Bowl starter? "It's funny, he always excelled, but we didn't see him going beyond Division 1 in college. But he took an opportunity and ran with it."