SEC players are littered throughout the NFL, so it’s no surprise to see a big number of them will battle for the Super Bowl in two weeks.
The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots each feature nearly a dozen former SEC stars, and some of them will even have head-to-head matchups in the big game.
Here’s the list on active former SEC players on both rosters:
New England Patriots
David Andrews, Georgia
Brandon Bolden, Ole Miss
Adam Butler, Vanderbilt
Ricky Jean Francois, LSU
Trey Flowers, Arkansas
Mike Gillislee, Florida
Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
Brandon King, Auburn
Deatrich Wise, Arkansas
Derek Barnett, Tennessee
Trey Burton, Florida
Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
Dannell Ellerbe, Georgia
Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
Donnie Jones, LSU
Jalen Mills, LSU
Chance Warmack, Alabama
Jaylen Watkins, Florida
For the Eagles, Derek Barnett is coming off the biggest play of his career. His strip sack in the NFC Championship Game completely flipped the momentum and led to the Eagles taking a 21-7 lead.
Alshon Jeffery also had a massive showing in the NFC title game, catching 2 touchdown passes that helped the Eagles score 38 unanswered points.
For the Patriots, Stephon Gilmore made the play of the day in the AFC title game. His deflected pass on fourth down in the red zone gave the Patriots the ball back with a 24-20 lead. Blake Bortles and the Jags never got another chance.
Florida and LSU have the most representatives with three each. South Carolina, Arkansas and Georgia each have a pair of players in the game. And Auburn, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Alabama each one have player in the Super Bowl. Only Kentucky, Missouri and Texas A&M are without a player in the Super Bowl.
Both teams also have a number of former SEC players on injured reserve.
Super Bowl LII is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 4.