If both the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots squads and/or respective fan bases repulse you to your core, root for the lone USF representative during Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Former Bulls defensive end Eric Lee, who registered three tackles in the Pats’ AFC Championship win, becomes the 11th former Bulls player to reach a Super Bowl.
Lee, undrafted and signed by New England off the Buffalo Bills practice squad in late November, earned second-team All-American Athletic Conference honors as a USF senior in 2015. During his NFL debut in Week 12, Lee recorded four tackles and a sack in the 35-17 victory over Miami.
In a Week 13 blowout win over the Bills, Lee registered four tackles, 1.5 sacks, a pass deflection and this big interception of Tyrod Taylor.
Lee will enter the Super Bowl with 23 total tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Of the 11 former USF players to reach the biggest game in sports, Lee is among only eight to reach the Super Bowl as an active roster player. Three other Bulls standouts have reached the game as practice squad members.
Below is the full list of USF players to reach a Super Bowl.
LS Ryan Benjamin, Buccaneers (XXXVII, 2003)
SUPER BOWL CHAMPION QUARTERBACK BJ DANIELS, Seahawks (XLIX, 2015; XLVIII, 2014)*
C Sampson Genus, Packers (XLV, 2011)*
OL Kenyatta Jones, Patriots (XXXVI, 2002)
DE Eric Lee, Patriots (LII, 2018)
WR Scott McCready, Patriots (XXXVI, 2002)*
LB Kawika Mitchell, Giants (XLII, 2008)
DE Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants (XLVI, 2012)
DB J.R. Reed, Eagles (XXXIX, 2005)
DB Kayvon Webster, Broncos (XLX, 2016; XLVIII, 2014)
LB Jacquian Williams, Giants (XLVI, 2012)
*practice squad member
Enjoy the game!