LaBoy preparing to fulfill childhood dream

Travis LaBoy
Travis LaBoy

By Jason Tang - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's the game every young football player dreams of playing in, but very few get to do. Former Warrior defensive end Travis LaBoy is lucky enough to make it into this year's Superbowl, and injured or not he's ready to go.

In last week's NFC championship game, LaBoy strained his left bicep tendon forcing him to exit the game and not return.

He hopes the two weeks off will help him recover, because this is a game he's dreamed of playing in all his life.

"You know I don't think it matters where you're from the Superbowl is the Superbowl, it's the biggest game in the world . I think every kid growing up wants to play in the Superbowl, they don't want to play in that week 5 rivalry game that's just a bonus. This right here is it, this is what you dream for and what you strive to get to," said LaBoy.

It'll be the Arizona Cardinals taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Superbowl XLIII on February 1st. The game is in Tampa, Florida where there can be a lot of distractions for players, but LaBoy says he has the solution.

"Really you just gotta party as hard as you can Monday through Wednesday then when it comes crunch time just focus, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, you'll be straight," said LaBoy

LaBoy isn't the only player with Hawaii ties in the game either.

Kahuku's Aaron Francisco is a safety with Arizona, and his Red Raider brother Chris Kemoeatu is the starting left guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers.