EXCLUSIVE: Paiute tribesman Austin Corbett to play in Super Bowl LVI
Through Darren Thompson
Austin Corbett is heading to the biggest game in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams as they take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, February 13. The 26-year-old is in his third season, currently second with the Rams, and plays a vital role in one of the NFL’s best offenses – he’s the starting right guard. He is also a member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe in Nevada. And this is his first appearance in the Super Bowl.
When the Rams stepped forward to face the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship on Sunday, Jan. 30, many in his local community praised Corbett, including Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Walker River Tribe President Paiute Amber. Torres.
“The Walker River Paiute Tribe is thrilled to have our Tribal Citizen leading their team to the Super Bowl with hard work and a fantastic season,” Torres said. Indigenous News Online. “Indian Country is also rallying around him and sending good medicine with good wishes, prayers, encouragement and support.”
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“As a citizen of the Walker River Paiute Nation, alumnus of the University of Nevada, Reno and Los Angeles Rams #63, the State of Nevada couldn’t be more proud of your accomplishments Austin!” said Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak on Twitter.
“It’s pretty amazing to have the support of such a large community,” Corbett said. Indigenous News Online support from many in Indian country. “Not everyone knows me or my background and to have this unconditional support from people is amazing.”
Corbett played high school football, with some success during his senior year, in Reno, Nevada and attempted to play for the University of Nevada-Reno football team, the Wolfpack. After success at Nevada, he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns as the 33rd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He played for 15 snaps his first season, then was traded to the Rams midway through the season 2019. Since joining the Rams, he’s played in almost every offensive game for his team.
Austin credits his older brother, Garrett, as one of his main inspirations. His brother played as a stock lineman at San Diego State University, an NCAA Division I football team. “I always chased after my brother,” he said. “He’s three and a half years older than me, but everything he did I wanted to do.”
His other inspiration is his father, Theron. Corbett said his father shared many life lessons: “If I could be half the man my father was, I’d be fine.”
Corbett, also a husband and father, is enjoying the week off before heavier preparations for the start of the Super Bowl.
“He hasn’t knocked yet,” he said when asked about the excitement of playing in the Super Bowl. “It feels like another game, exactly where we’re supposed to be.”
The Rams appeared in 2018’s Super Bowl LIII and lost to the New England Patriots. This is the Cincinnati Bengals’ first Super Bowl appearance since 1988.
Super Bowl LVI will be played at SoFi Stadium, home of the Rams, in Inglewood, California. “We’re home,” Corbett said of his Super Bowl preparation. “We train in our facilities, sleep in our own beds, and feel exactly where we’re meant to be.”
After the Rams beat the Bengals to qualify for the Super Bowl, Walker River Paiute President Torres congratulated Corbett and told the Social Distance Powwow Facebook group: “He is a member of the Walker River Paiute tribe in Schurz , Nevada !!! Let’s support him from all over Turtle Island on Super Bowl Sunday. Despite the enthusiasm online, Corbett said that he avoids social media during the playoffs. “There’s already enough going on, we don’t need distractions.”
When he’s not in the NFL playoffs, Corbett shares his journey on Instagram. His handle is @bigcorbs73.
Super Bowl LVI is scheduled to air live on television via NBC at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 13, 2022.
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