Super Bowl LV is this evening, and just like each of the previous 42 versions of the game, the Vikings will not be participating. But that doesn't mean there aren't any Minnesota connections to this year's game. In fact, the Buccaneers and Chiefs seem to have more ties to the state than an average Super Bowl. Here's all of them.
There aren't many in this category. The Browns (Kevin Stefanski, Sheldon Richardson, Andrew Sendejo, several others) and the Bills (Stefon Diggs, Leslie Frazier) were the two teams with plenty of former Vikings, but neither one could beat the Chiefs. However, Kansas City does have a few people with ties to the Vikings.
- Chiefs RT Mike Remmers (played for Vikings in 2017 and 2018)
- Chiefs WRs coach Greg Lewis (played for Vikings in 2009 and 2010)
- Chiefs QBs coach Mike Kafka (spent time with the Vikings as a player in 2015, but never appeared in a regular season game)
Remmers will start for the Chiefs at right tackle. Lewis, who has been KC's receivers coach for the past four seasons, is best known for catching this game-winner from Brett Favre in 2009.
This year's Super Bowl has three Minnesota Golden Gophers, including Bucs starting safety Antoine Winfield Jr., the son of former Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield.
- Buccaneers S Antoine Winfield Jr.
- Buccaneers WR Tyler Johnson
- Chiefs LB Damien Wilson
Winfield should play roughly every snap on defense for the Bucs, and he'll have a very important role against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' passing attack. Johnson is the fifth receiver on Tampa's depth chart, and although he has made a couple huge third-down catches during the playoffs, he's unlikely to see many snaps in this game. Wilson is a backup linebacker for the Chiefs who should play on special teams and perhaps see a handful of defensive snaps.
Check out Winfield's cleats:
- Tyler Johnson (Minneapolis North High School)
- Buccaneers OL Joe Haeg (Brainerd)
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