In search of a neighborhood rooting curiosity in Tremendous Bowl LIV with the Pittsburgh Steelers lacking the playoffs for the second yr in a row and final reaching the title recreation 9 years in the past?
There isn’t a scarcity of connections to the group, the area and space schools when the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers meet Sunday night time at Arduous Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
For the AFC champion Chiefs, it begins on the high. Crew president Mark Donovan is a 1984 graduate of North Allegheny. After taking part in quarterback at Brown, Donovan signed with the New York Giants as a free agent. He labored in gross sales and advertising within the NHL earlier than spending six years with the Philadelphia Eagles as vice chairman of enterprise operations.
Donovan is concluding his 11th season with the Chiefs. He was named the franchise’s fifth president in 2011 after spending two years because the Chiefs’ chief working officer.
Mark Donovan, president of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, arrives for the NFL fall conferences in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.
The Chiefs even have an offensive coach and two defensive coaches and assist workers with ties to Pittsburgh. Rick Burkholder, the group’s vice chairman of sports activities medication and efficiency, is a former coach with the Steelers and Pitt, his alma mater.
Huge receivers coach Greg Lewis held the identical job at Pitt in 2014, the place he labored with Tyler Boyd. Linebackers coach Matt Home is a former Pitt defensive coordinator, and high quality management coach David Girardi is a New Kensington native who performed soccer at Geneva Faculty.
David Girardi, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs offensive high quality management coach, listens to a presentation through the NFL Teaching Clinic Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Frisco, Texas.
On the sector for the Chiefs:
• Former Pitt star LeSean “Shady” McCoy has taken a backseat to operating again Damien Williams within the postseason and missed the AFC championship recreation with an sickness. A six-time 1,000-yard rusher with Philadelphia and Buffalo, McCoy is looking for his first championship.
• Offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski, of Central Catholic and Penn State, is attempting to win his first Tremendous Bowl within the AFC after being a member of the Eagles’ championship group following the 2017 season. The Chiefs signed Wisniewski, 30, in October, and he moved into the beginning lineup for the ultimate two video games of the common season and playoffs.
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski (61) through the second half of the NFL AFC Championship soccer recreation towards the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas Metropolis, MO.
• Former Penn State security Jordan Lucas is in his second season with the Chiefs, primarily taking part in on particular groups this season. He has appeared in 14 video games.
The NFC-champion 49ers aren’t with out their share of coaches and gamers with ties to the area. Vandergrift native Joe Woods is in his first season teaching San Francisco’s defensive backs. Woods joined the 49ers after spending 4 seasons with the Denver Broncos, his closing two as defensive coordinator.
San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach Joe Woods, again, leads a drill throughout a mixed NFL coaching camp with the Denver Broncos Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, on the Broncos’ headquarters in Englewood, Colo.
Penn State has three representatives: kicker Robbie Gould and defensive linemen Kevin Givens and Anthony Zettel.
Gould is in his third season with the 49ers and 15th within the NFL. He made 23 of 31 area objectives and 41 of 42 additional factors within the common season. He has made all 5 of his field-goal makes an attempt and is 7 of seven on additional factors within the postseason.
San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould, second from left, factors his cellphone towards teammates and group personnel as they depart from Mineta San Jose Worldwide Airport for Miami in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The 49ers will face the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in Tremendous Bowl 54.
Givens, an Altoona Excessive College grad, spent most of his rookie season on the apply squad. He was promoted to the lively roster Dec. 28 and performed within the regular-season finale towards Seattle, however he has been inactive within the postseason.
Penn State defensive lineman Kevin Givens participates in a drill on the NFL soccer scouting mix in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.
Zettel, a fourth-year veteran, started the season with the Cincinnati Bengals however was waived Dec. 17. He signed with the 49ers six days later and suited up for the season finale and each playoff video games.
Pitt shall be represented within the 49ers secondary by cornerback Okay’Waun Williams, who’s in his third season with San Francisco and fifth within the NFL. Williams began eight of 15 video games this season and set a profession excessive with two interceptions.
Inexperienced Bay Packers large receiver Davante Adams, middle, runs towards San Francisco 49ers defensive again Okay’Waun Williams (24) through the second half of the NFL NFC Championship soccer recreation Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif.
Former Pitt offensive lineman Jaryd Jones-Smith is on the 49ers apply squad.
Emmanuel Sanders, who caught two passes as a rookie with the Steelers in Tremendous Bowl XLV, is chasing his second Tremendous Bowl ring. Sanders received a Tremendous Bowl with the Denver Broncos after the 2015 season, and he remained with the Broncos till he was traded to San Francisco in October. In 10 video games with the 49ers, Sanders caught 32 passes for 502 yards and three touchdowns.
San Francisco 49ers large receiver Emmanuel Sanders (17) within the second half of an NFL soccer recreation towards the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Baltimore, Md.
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