Super Bowl LV is just around the corner, and although the Browns didn’t make the cut this year, Northeast Ohio is still represented on the field.
Between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs, players from Northeast Ohio, and one coach, will go head to head for the Lombardi Trophy.
Travis Kelce -- Kansas City Chiefs
It’s well-known that star tight end Travis Kelce hails from Cleveland Heights because with talent like his he is regularly claimed by his hometown. Born in Westlake, Kelce grew up in Cleveland Heights and attended Cleveland Heights High School. This season, Kelce set the NFL record for most receiving yards by a tight end in a single season and finished second for most receiving yards of any player.
Antoine Winfield Jr. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Although he was born in Columbus, Antoine Winfield Jr. has family ties to Northeast Ohio. His father, legendary Ohio State Buckeye running back Antoine Winfield Sr., was born in Akron and attended Garfield High School. Antoine Winfield Jr. was selected by the Buccaneers in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The safety earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month in September for his impressive performance.
Anthony Hitchens -- Kansas City Chiefs
Born in Lorain, linebacker Anthony Hitchens is Northeast Ohio through and through. Hitchens attended Clearview High School before going on to play college ball at the University of Iowa.
Frank Clark -- Kansas City Chiefs
Although he was born in California, defensive end Frank Clark grew up in Cleveland. Clark attended Glenville High School, where he was coached by Tedd Ginn Sr. and became a three-star prospect, eventually recruited to play at the University of Michigan.
Deland McCullough -- Kansas City Chiefs
While he won't be playing in the game, Deland McCullough will play an important role on Sunday. The running backs coach was born in Youngstown, where he grew up, before heading off to Miami University.