- By Chris Vivlamore The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Five players with local ties are part of the rosters for the Eagles and Patriots teams that will compete in Super Bowl LII on Sunday.
Here’s a look at the players and their roles:
High School: Wesleyan School
Notable: Signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 8, 2015. … Started all 14 games he appeared this season, missing a game for the first time due to injury. … Started all 16 games last season. … Named a co-captain for the first time. … Nephew of former Falcons head coach Dan Reeves.
High School: Richmond (North Carolina)
Notable: Joined the Eagles in November after being released by the Saints in August. … Played four games for the Eagles, including the divisional playoff win over the Falcons. … Did not play in the NFC Championship game due to a hamstring injury but said he will be ready for the Super Bowl. … Played eight seasons with the Ravens, Dolphins and Saints. … Signed as undrafted free agent by Ravens in 2009.
Position: Right guard
College: Georgia Tech
High School: Columbia Central (Tennessee)
Notable: Drafted by Patriots in fourth round (No. 131 overall) in 2015. … Started all 16 games this season. … Started 41 of his 46 career games. … First Team All-American by USA Today in 2014.
Position: Wide receiver
High School: Valdosta
Notable: Drafted by Patriots in fourth round (No. 112 overall) in 2016. … Will not play this season after being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury in September. He was activated before the final regular-season game but was not activated to the 53-man roster by the deadline last week. … Played in 14 games as a rookie last season with 32 catches for 401 yards and four touchdowns.
High School: Westlake
Notable: Played in 11 games, including three starts, this season. … Was selected in the first round (No. 10 overall) by the Titans in 2013. … Signed a one-year deal with Eagles in 2017 after four seasons with Titans. … Signed one-year extension for 2018. … Played on three national championship teams at Alabama.