NFL-Man from Down Under looks to end rookie season on top (Reuters)

By Steve Keating HOUSTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Blake Muir has never been to a Super Bowl viewing party but the hulking Australian will be smack in the middle of the United States’ biggest bash on Sunday when his Atlanta Falcons play the New England Patriots in the NFL championship game. To many Americans Muir’s journey from Sutherland Shire to the Super Bowl has the ring of a Hobbit-like quest or an over-the-top Hollywood tale that makes Crocodile Dundee’s U.S. adventures seem more believable. At a towering 6-foot, 6-inches (201cm) and 313 pounds (142kg) there is nothing remotely Hobbit-like about Muir, an offensive lineman whose job it is to protect quarterback Matt Ryan, but his road to NFL is one of fantasy.