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Rough day for football talk in Louisiana.

Former LSU QB Danny Etling was all smiles, though. The rookie and seventh-round draft pick is headed to the Super Bowl as New England’s third-string quarterback. Etling garnered attention during NFL Preseason with his 86-yard touchdown run vs. the New York Giants. In September, Etling was cut by the Patriots, but then reacquired to their practice squad shortly after.

Here’s a post from his Instagram feed, posing with Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer:

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It’s hard not to be happy for Etling. Not only is he learning from the greatest of all-time, but he’s having fun doing it. Who knows … maybe he’s the future.