(WGEM) -- As it turns out Jack Cornell made a smart decision last spring.
The Quincy Notre Dame and University of Illinois alum had a chance to ink a free agent NFL contract with any number of teams and he signed with the Baltimore Ravens.
Now he's got an opportunity to earn a Super Bowl ring following the Ravens 28-13 win over the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship.
Cornell isn't on the active roster, and won't play in New Orleans, but he's played a key role in getting his teammates ready each week as a member of the practice squad.
He was a guest on WGEM Sportscenter on Tuesday morning and described what it means to have a chance at a Super Bowl title.
"That's the reason why these guys are competing at this level and why they are the best in the world, and that's because their only goal is to win a world championship," Cornell said.
"It's the same goal that everybody has at the beginning of the season in every clubhouse around the league but the reality is only two teams can get here. Our hard work and dedication, from the time the offseason program started last year until now, is paying off."
Cornell says the team is enjoying some time off before getting back to work on Thursday.
Cornell adds he's never been to New Orleans, the site of this year's Super Bowl, and that he's looking forward to the experience.
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