Clemson football products will have an impact on the Super Bowl Sunday in Miami as three former Tigers will take the field for the Kansas City Chiefs as they look to win their first Super Bowl in seven decades.
The biggest day in North American sports is upon us. Less than a month ago, Clemson was on the losing end of its championship game, but Sammy Watkins, Dorian O’Daniel and Bashaud Breeland will all have a big impact on the outcome of Super Bowl LIV.
The last time Sammy Watkins played in the postseason in this very stadium was his last year at Clemson when they faced off against Ohio State and Watkins set in an Orange Bowl record for catches and yards. That Orange Bowl was also the only game his grandmother had seen in person and she will be at the Super Bowl to root him on.
Breeland will start Sunday for the Chiefs and will be tasked with stopping one of the best passing attacks in the NFL, one that involves former Gamecocks great Deebo Samuels. In the Chiefs AFC Championship game against the Titans, Breeland had one pass defense and four tackles.
O’Daniel is a special teams player for the Cheifs and a game like tonight, a play from him on that side of the ball can be the difference in winning or losing the biggest game he will ever play in.
Dorian also has the chance at joining a very select few Clemson Tigers to win both a national championship and a Super Bowl. The only Clemson players to do that so far – Fridge, K.D. Dunn, Dan Benish, Andy Headen, and Terry Kinard. All players off of Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team.
If you are like most of us and have no rooting interest in an actual team playing in Super Bowl LIV, we can cheer for these former Tigers that have the rare opportunity to win this country’s biggest sporting event.