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FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Rob Ninkovich #50 of the New England Patriots gestures on the field against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Rob Ninkovich invokes memories of storied New England Patriots linebackers Mike Vrabel and Tedy Bruschi with his penchant for game-changing plays. The New Orleans Saints didn't think he was good enough to play defense for their team. How could two franchises -- successful ones at that -- look at the same player and have completely opposite talent assessments? It's another example of how beauty is in the eye of the beholder (we are talking football beauty, by the way, with Ninkovich currently sporting a grotesque black "playoff" beard). The rosters for New England and Baltimore entering Sunday's AFC Championship Game feature plenty of long shots and undrafted players who made it, like Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. But what happened with Ninkovich is especially curious considering the quality job New Orleans head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis have done with personnel decisions. In four seasons with the Patriots, Ninkovich has registered 223 tackles, 19.5 s...
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