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Former Noles Erving, Nnadi Aim To Further Championship Legacy At Super Bowl LIV

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Legacies are on the line for a pair of former Florida State football standouts, and in more ways than just the obvious.

Yes, both Cameron Erving and Derrick Nnadi can win their first professional championships when their Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday (6:30 p.m., FOX) – a career-defining moment for any football player.

But they’ll also be carrying on a lengthy tradition of FSU participation – and success – on the NFL’s biggest stage.

Erving (at FSU from 2010-14) and Nnadi (2014-17) will be the 66th and 67th former Seminoles to play in the Super Bowl, and, if the Chiefs win, it will mark the fourth time in the last five seasons that at least one former FSU player has earned a championship ring.

And Erving has one more special distinction available to him: With a Chiefs win, he would become the 11th Seminole to win both a national championship and a Super Bowl. He can join fellow 2013 FSU teammates Bryan Stork, Tre’ Jackson, Ronald Darby and Timmy Jernigan.

“I love it here (in Kansas City),” Erving, a former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns, told WPLG in Miami. “I’m just grateful for the opportunity to come here, continue my career, learning from great coaches, be in a great organization with great structure. It’s just a blessing.”

Former Noles Erving, Nnadi Aim To Further Championship Legacy At Super Bowl LIV

Erving, a defensive-tackle-turned-All-American-offensive-lineman at FSU, arrived in Kansas City via trade in the fall of 2017. A few months later, the Chiefs would use a third-round pick to select Nnadi, the former All-ACC defensive lineman.

Since teaming up at the start of the 2018 season, Erving and Nnadi have helped the Chiefs to become perhaps the best franchise in the AFC.

They were an overtime period away from advancing to Super Bowl LIII a year ago, and they took the next step this season after a 12-4 campaign.

In an interview with “Living 757” in his home state of Virginia, Nnadi said he set a goal of reaching two Super Bowls as a pro, and that he wanted to be able to call himself a champion.

“Playing in the Super Bowl in Miami is going to be really exciting,” Nnadi said. “A lot of my old fans from college are going to probably be rooting for me, as well as my old teammates.

“And being in what I call ‘my third home,’ because I spent about four years in the state of Florida, it’s going to be really fun. I can’t wait.”

 

Former Noles Erving, Nnadi Aim To Further Championship Legacy At Super Bowl LIV

Both Erving and Nnadi should feel right at home at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. Between games against the rival Miami Hurricanes, as well as a pair of Orange Bowl victories, the two combined to go 7-0 in South Florida during their time at Florida State.

Playing in the biggest game of their professional lives, neither intends to let that record fall.

“I’m 4-0 in this stadium,” Erving told WPLG. “Definitely looking to keep that intact.”

Noles in the Super Bowl

Super Bowl II
Green Bay 33, Oakland 14

Noles on the Raiders: Fred Biletnikoff (WR, 1962-64) caught two passes for 10 yards

Super Bowl V
Baltimore 16, Dallas 13

Noles on the Colts: Dale McCullers, LB 1964-68

Super Bowl VIII
Miami 24, Minnesota 7

Noles on the Dolphins: Ron Sellers, WR 1967-69

Super Bowl XI
Oakland 32, Minnesota 14

Noles on the Raiders: Fred Biletnikoff caught four catches for 79 yards and was named MVP

Super Bowl IX
Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6

Noles on the Steelers; J.T. Thomas, DB 1970-72

Super Bowl X
Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17

Noles on the Steelers: J.T. Thomas had a 35-yard interception

Super Bowl XIV
Pittsburgh 31, Los Angeles Rams 19

Noles on the Steelers J.T. Thomas

Super Bowl XV
Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10

Noles on the Raiders: Willie Jones (LB 1975-78) had a fumble recovery

Super Bowl XVI
San Francisco 27, Cincinnati 21
Noles on the 49ers: Mike Shumann, WR 1973-77

Super Bowl XX
Chicago 46, New England 10
Noles on the Bears: Dennis McKinnon, WR 1979-82

Super Bowl XXI
New York Giants 39, Denver 20
Noles on the Giants: Zeke Mowatt (TE, 1979-82) caught one pass for a 6-yard touchdown
Noles on the Broncos: Ken Lanier, OT 1977-80; Alphonso Carreker, DL 1980-83

Super Bowl XXII
Washington 42, Denver 10

Noles on the Broncos: Ken Lanier, OT 1977-80

Super Bowl XXIII
San Francisco 55, Denver 10

Noles on the Broncos: Ken Lanier

Super Bowl XXV
New York 20, Buffalo 19
Noles on the Bills: Odell Haggins, DL 1985-89; Rick Tuten (P 1986-88) averaged 38.8 yards on six punts

Super Bowl XXVI
Washington 37, Buffalo 24

Noles on the Redskins: Martin Mayhew, DB 1983-87

Super Bowl XXIX
San Francisco 46, San Diego 29

Noles on the 49ers: Dexter Carter (RB, 1986-89) had one carry for one yard, two punt returns for 12 yards and four kickoff returns for 48 yards; Dedrick Dodge, DB 1985-89; William Floyd (RB 1990-93) had nine carries for 32 yards, four catches for 26 yards and a touchdown; Deion Sanders (DB 1985-88) had one interception for 15 yards

Super Bowl XXX
Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17

Noles on the Cowboys: Deion Sanders had one reception for 47 yards and one punt return for 11 yards
Noles on the Steelers: Rohn Stark (P 1978-81) averaged 44.8 yards on four punts and had a long of 55 yards.

Super Bowl XXXI
Green Bay 35, New England 21

Noles on the Packers: Edgar Bennett (RB 1987-91) had 17 carries for 40 yards and one catch for four yards; Leroy Butler (DB 1986-89) had a sack

Super Bowl XXXII
Denver 31, Green Bay 24

Noles on the Broncos: Andre Cooper, WR 1993-96; Dedrick Dodge
Noles on the Packers: Leroy Butler

Super Bowl XXXIII
Denver 34, Atlanta 19

Noles on the Falcons: Devin Bush, LB 1991-94; Henri Crockett, LB 1992-92;

Super Bowl XXXIV
St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16

Noles on the Rams: Devin Bush made two tackles; Rick Tuten; Amp Lee, RB 1989-91 
Noles on the Titans: Kevin Long, OL 1993-97; Samari Rolle (DB 1994-97) had two tackles and a pass defended

Super Bowl XXXV
Baltimore 34, New York Giants 7

Noles on the Ravens: Peter Boulware, DE 1993-96

Super Bowl XXXVI
New England 20, St. Louis 17

Noles on the PatriotsTerrell Buckley (DB 1989-91) had three tackles and a fumble recovery
Noles on the Rams: Tommy Polley (LB 1996-2000) had eight tackles; Brian Allen, LB 1996-2000

Super Bowl XXXVII
Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21

Noles on the Buccaneers: Derrick Brooks (LB 1991-94) had a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown; Dexter Jackson (S 1995-98) had two interceptions and was named Super Bowl XXXVII MVP; Brad Johnson (QB 1987-91) completed 18 of 34 passes for 215 yards two TDs and an interception; Greg Spires (DE 1994-98) had two tackles and a sack
Noles on the Raiders: Tony Bryant, DE 1997-98; Zack Crockett (RB 1992-94) had two carries for six yards; Derrick Gibson, S 1997-2000; Sebastian Janikowski (K 1997-99) made a 40-yard field goal; David Warren, DE 1997-2000

Super Bowl XXXVIII
New England 32, Carolina 29

Noles on the PanthersBrian Allen had one tackle; Chris Weinke, QB 1997-2000

Super Bowl XXXIX
New England 24, Philadelphia 21

Noles on the Patriots: P.K. Sam, WR 2001-03
Noles on the Eagles: Corey Simon (DT 1996-99) had one tackle; Tra Thomas, OT 1996-97

Super Bowl XL
Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10

Noles on the Steelers: Chris Hope (DB 1998-2001) had three tackles; Bryant McFadden (DB 2000-04) had two tackles
Noles on the Seahawks: Michael Boulware (LB 2000-03) had five tackles and an interception; Walter Jones, OT 1995-96; Peter Warrick (WR 1995-99) had four punt returns for 27 yards; Ray Willis, OL 2000-04

Super Bowl XLIII
Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23

Noles on the Steelers: Bryant McFadden had three tackles; Orpheus Roye, DT 1994-95; Lawrence Timmons (LB 2004-07) had four tackles
Noles on the Cardinals: Anquan Boldin (WR 1999-2002) had eight catches for 84 yards; Darnell Dockett (DT 1999-2003) had six tackles

Super Bowl XLV

Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25
Noles on the Steelers: Lawrence Timmons (LB 2005-07) had three tackles

Super Bowl XLVII
Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31
Noles on the Ravens: Anquan Boldin had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown

Super Bowl XLVIII
Seattle 43, Denver 8

Noles on the Broncos: Tony Carter (DB 2005-08) had one tackle

Super Bowl XLIX
New England 28, Seattle 24
Noles on the Patriots: Bryan Stork (OL 2009-13) started at center
Noles on the Seahawks: Terrance Parks (DB 2008-11)

Super Bowl 50
Denver 24, Carolina 10
Noles on the Panthers: Graham Gano (K 2005-08) made a 39-yard field goal and kicked one extra point; WR Kelvin Benjamin (WR 2011-13) missed the game with a knee injury

Super Bowl LI
New England 34, Atlanta 28 (OT)
Noles on the Patriots: Tre’ Jackson (OL 2011-14) missed the game with a knee injury
Noles on the Falcons: Devonta Freeman (RB 2011-13) ran for 75 yards and one touchdown, and added two catches for 46 yards.

Super Bowl LII
Philadelphia 41, New England 33
Noles on the Eagles: Patrick Robinson (DB 2006-09) made three tackles; Nigel Bradham (LB 2008-11) made seven tackles; Ronald Darby (DB 2012-14) made four tackles and defended two passes; Timmy Jernigan (DL 2011-13) made one tackle and recorded two QB hits.

Super Bowl LIII
New England 13, Los Angeles Rams 3
Noles on the Patriots: Ryan Izzo (TE 2014-17) missed the game with an injury
Noles on the Rams: Lamarcus Joyner (DB 2010-13) made six tackles

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