CLEVELAND, Ohio – Super Bowl LV featured a handful of players from the Cleveland area or with ties to the Cleveland area.
One of them was suitable for the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers in the 31-9 win over the Chiefs on Sunday night. That was Buccaneer’s safety Antoine Winfield Jr., the son of Akron-born and former Buckeye Antoine Winfield of Ohio.
The younger Winfield had six tackles, including four solo stops, an interception and two pass separations in victory.
The Chiefs, who came into play as defending Super Bowl champions, had three players from the Cleveland area. Among them was linebacker Anthony Hitchens from Lorain. He only had one tackle and one pass separation. But it was a memorable event when he broke up a possible touchdown pass from Tom Brady to offensive lineman Joe Haeg.
Glenville alum Frank Clark had the Chiefs’ only sack of the game against Brady.
The Chiefs couldn’t score a touchdown. But Cleveland Heights native Travis Kelce played well, scoring 10 passes for 133 yards in the loss.
Cleveland was also present in the pre-game setup of the Super Bowl LV. Nurse Suzie Dorner, a Revere alum, tossed the coin before kick-off. Air Force Captain and native of Cleveland Sarah Kociuba oversaw the pre-game flyover.
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