Nazarene heads to Super Bowl
Friday, January 25, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana
By Sarah Glass for NCN News
Billy Bajema, a member of Oklahoma City Trinity Church of the Nazarene, will play in Super Bowl XLVII with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, February 3.

"It is a dream come true," he said in an interview with Scout.com. "It's the stuff you dream about when you are a little kid playing in the back yard."

Bajema, a 30-year-old blocking tight end, joined the Ravens in August 2012 after spending three season with the St. Louis Rams. A product of Oklahoma State University, Bajema was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2005 draft. He played the first four years of his career with the 49ers before moving to the Rams in 2009.

He played in eight games for the Ravens this season and was on the active roster for their win over New England in the AFC Championship Game. His role in the offense is to provide blocking help for Baltimore's running game. While that means he doesn't accumulate offensive stats, he is helping the team through his unique role.

"To actually be there after my first seven years, never being on a team that was anywhere close, and coming out here, kind of last minute in training camp, it has been an exciting ride," he said.

The Ravens will face off against Bajema's former team, the San Francisco 49ers, in the Super Bowl — one of the world's most-watch sporting events.

"It is a special feeling to go against one of your old teams," he told Scout.com. "A lot of guys making plays for them are guys that I started out with."

Bajema, who wears No. 86, is active in community service and recently co-authored a book with Church of the Nazarene General Superintendent Stan A. Toler. The book, Minute Motivators for Athletes, is a part of Toler's Minute Motivators series.
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