Super Bowl Sunday is upon us; naturally, we have an LSU football spin to put on the game. Indeed, when Clyde Edwards-Helaire suits up for the Kansas City Chiefs in Las Vegas, it will mark the 23rd straight Super Bowl in which an LSU alumnus appears.
Edwards-Helaire spent three seasons in Death Valley before the Chiefs made him the 32nd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Of course, LSU football fans remember the Baton Rouge native as the bell cow running back during the Tigers' historic 2019 national championship season.
Super Bowl LVIII marks Edwards-Helaire's 3rd Super Bowl appearance. He spent much of the 2022 season on the injured reserve and was inactive for Super Bowl LVII. Joining the running back on the Chiefs sideline is defensive tackle Neil Farrell Jr. Farrell spent five years with LSU football before the Las Vegas Raiders made him a 4th round draft pick in 2022.
Kansas City traded for the Mobile (Ala.) native last August. Farrell has logged one tackle in sparse action this season.
The Georgia Bulldogs share bragging rights with LSU football regarding the consecutive streak of former players appearing in the Super Bowl. Five former Dawgs will take the field at Allegiant Stadium.
Former LSU running back Tyrion Davis-Price also has a shot at winning a Super Bowl ring on Sunday. Also a Baton Rouge native, Davis-Price has spent a chunk of the 2023 season on and off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.
Despite one's feelings toward the Chiefs, rooting against Edwards-Helaire during Super Bowl LVIII is impossible. Albeit, the former first-team All-SEC running back has mysteriously fallen down the Kansas City depth chart.
As a rookie, Edwards-Helaire rushed for 803 yards and four touchdowns. However, injuries and a focus on shiftier pass-catching running backs put the former Tiger out of favor. As such, Super Bowl LVIII is likely the last time we see Edwards-Helaire in a Kansas City uniform.
The Chiefs did not pick up Edwards-Helaire's fifth-year contract option before May's deadline.
Regardless, we think Edwards-Helaire will gain a second Super Bowl ring on Sunday. The 49ers are a near-complete team, but we can't bet against Patrick Mahomes. We believe the Chiefs win a thriller, 34-31.