Vellano goes for a 2nd ring

Published 9:00 am Thursday, January 26, 2017

His timing is impeccable.

A lot of guys slog through an entire career without coming close to a Super Bowl ring.

Joe Vellano is going for a matching set.

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And who is Joe Vellano?

Maybe one of the most fortunate players in the NFL.

A 300-pound defensive lineman, Vellano wasn’t drafted out of college and he’s spent much of his pro career either as a backup or the totally thankless role of practice-squad player.

But there he was, in just his second season, popping up like Forrest Gump on a championship-winning team at New England.

Even got a ring to prove it.

Now, after bouncing around the last couple of years and barely playing at all, Vellano is heading to the Super Bowl again, this time with the Atlanta Falcons.

To face the Patriots, no less.

“There’s a lot that goes into getting to this point in the season,” Vellano said Wednesday before heading out to the practice field as a full-fledged member of the Falcons, a promotion he earned just over a week ago.