Seven players with Michigan ties win Super Bowl with Buccaneers


Tom Brady did it again.

The 43-year-old won his seventh Super Bowl on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9, but he wasn’t the only player with Michigan ties to win the top prize of the NFL.

Seven players with Michigan ties were on the Tampa Bay active roster or practice squad, while the Chiefs also had 10 players with Michigan ties on their roster.

Here’s the full roster and how they fared in Sunday’s big game.



University: Michigan

Brady received superb protection throughout the game and completed 21 of 29 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also been the benefactor of a handful of defensive penalty calls against the Chiefs, including one that canceled a first-half interception.

Receiver Antonio Brown

University: Central Michigan

The four-time All-Pro was questionable when he entered Sunday after missing the NFC Championship, but he managed and caught five passes for 22 yards and a touchdown. This is the first Super Bowl ring of the 2010 sixth round pick.

Defensive end William Gholston

University: Michigan State

The 2013 fourth-round pick was among the Buccaneers’ first seven who put pressure on Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes the entire game. Gholston didn’t have a tackle but did have a quarterback.

Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting

University: Central Michigan

The 2019 second-round pick continued his strong playoff series, finishing with six tackles and a broken pass on Sunday. Tampa Bay held Mahomes to 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards and two interceptions. Murphy-Bunting went to Clinton Township Chippewa Valley.

Defensive end Patrick O’Connor

University: Eastern Michigan

The Detroit Lions’ seventh-round pick in 2017 didn’t record any stats against the Chiefs. He had four tackles and one sack in the regular season.

Quarterback Drew Stanton

University: Michigan State

The 36-year-old served as a substitute on Sunday. He hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2017. This is his first Super Bowl title.

Gambler Matt Wile

University: Michigan

Wile is on the Tampa Bay practice team.


Running back Le’Veon Bell

University: State of Michigan

Bell was active on Sunday but did not appear in the game. He was doubtful to enter on Sunday with a knee injury.

Defensive end Frank Clark

University: Michigan

The Pro Bowler was the only Chiefs lineman to fire Brady on Sunday. He finished with four tackles, including two for loss, and a quarterback. Clark had three sacks in the playoffs after registering six in the regular season.

Defensive End Taco Charlton

University: Michigan

The 2017 Dallas Cowboys first-round pick is on the injured reserve and did not play on Sunday.

Defensive End Mike Danna

University: Michigan

Danna, a fifth-round rookie pick, landed a tackle against the Buccaneers. He attended high school at Warren De La Salle.

Defensive end Austin Edwards

University: Ferris State

Edwards is on the Kansas City training team

Eric Fisher offensive lineman

University: Central Michigan

The former No.1 overall pick and the Chiefs’ starting left tackle missed Sunday after suffering an injury to Achilles during the AFC championship. His absence was noticeable as the Kansas City offensive line battled the Tampa Bay pass rush. Fisher also frequented Rochester Hills Stoney Creek.

Quarterback Chad Henne

University: Michigan

The 35-year-old did not play on Sunday.

Tight End Nick Keizer

University: Grand Valley State

The former Portage Northern graduate did not record any statistics on Sunday.

Offensive lineman Patrick Omameh

University: Michigan

The 31-year-old did not play on Sunday.

Offensive lineman Andrew Wylie

University: Eastern Michigan

The former Midland High standout started for the Chiefs on Sunday.

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