Both Kansas City & Tampa Bay will have notable former Texas high school football standouts playing in Super Bowl LV
By enduring 26 years since a professional football team from Texas has played in the NFL’s pinnacle of success, fanatical Texas football fans find themselves struggling to embrace the Super Bowl LV with the zest fitting of the pomp and circumstance.
But in reality, one simply needs to refocus on the purest form of the game we love – Texas high school football. When the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs and the surprising Tampa Bay Buccaneers take the field for Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, there will be no shortage of former Texas schoolboy stars in action.
Of course, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his Lone Star State roots have been well documented as a prep star at Whitehouse High School. But the Chiefs will have three more former Texas high school football players on the field in outside linebacker Alex Okafor from Pflugerville (Texas Longhorns), free safety Armani Watts from North Forney (Texas A&M Aggies), and tight end Ricky Seals-Jones from Sealy (Texas A&M Aggies).
On the other sideline, TXHSFB alum will be represented with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by wide receiver Mike Evans of Galveston Ball (Texas A&M Aggies), running back Ronald Jones II of McKinney North (USC), and safety Antoine Winfield of The Woodlands (Minnesota).
Headlining the list of former TXHSFB standouts with Kansas City, Mahomes was born in Tyler before playing football, baseball and basketball at Whitehouse. During his senior year, Mahomes led the Wildcats by passing for 4,619 yards and 50 touchdowns while rushing for 948 yards and 15 scores in 2013.
For Tampa Bay, Evans draws top billing as he excelled at Galveston Ball in basketball, football as well as track & field. Although he only played football his senior season catching 25 passes for 648 yards and seven touchdowns, Evans starred in basketball with 18.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. But as a high school player, Jones enjoyed a more noteworthy career as a McKinney North Bulldog as a four-star recruit ranked as the fourth best running back in the nation.
Of course, putting aside the Texas connections, we still circle back to Mahomes and the quarterback matchup in Super Bowl LV. For the first time in Super Bowl history, the home team will be playing in their home stadium for the big game as the Buccaneers will essentially be hosting the Kansas City Chiefs while featuring arguably two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.
Although in just his third season as a starter, Mahomes will be looking to win his second Super Bowl by leading the Chiefs to becoming the first team since the New England Patriots in 2003 & 2004 to win back-to-back Lombardi Trophies.
And then there’s Buccaneer quarterback Tom Brady looking to build on his NFL record by winning a seventh Super Bowl ring in his unprecedented 10th trip to the big game.
Granted, the Super Bowl quarterback matchup offers a compelling storyline that ranks with the best in the 55-year history of the showcase. But if that’s not enough for some, there’s still plenty for the purest Texas football fan to watch.
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