Super Bowl XLIX is upon us, and you might not realize it, but the New England Patriots' Tom Brady and the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson both have a connection to the University of Virginia.
Obviously, neither of them played for the Hoos.
Brady of course graduated from Michigan, while Wilson from Wisconsin (by way of NC State). But take it out an extra degree of separation and that's where you'll find the connection.
Brady's long-standing agent is none other than Donald Yee, of Yee & Dublin LLC. Yee is a 1985 graduate from the University of Virginia School of Law. Brady is Yee's biggest client, although Yee has also been known to be fairly vocal in various issues around the sports world, including privatizing college football and how to expand the NFL season to 18 weeks.
On the other side, Wilson's connection to Virginia, also through the law school, is in his late father, Harry Wilson, a 1980 graduate for UVA Law who passed away five years ago from diabetes. Harry Wilson was a two-sport athlete, playing both football and basketball for Dartmouth. The New York Post and Dartmouth each have a wonderful write-up showing the similarities between father and son.
As a more direct connection, former Virginia player Danny Aiken is the Patriots' starting long snapper. Aiken graduated Virginia in 2011 and was...a good long snapper (listen, it's hard to really list stats for a long snapper).
Super Bowl XLIX kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC. Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz will be the halftime show enetertainment.