Super Bowl LVII was a game to remember, literally coming down to the final throw. The Chiefs wound up victorious, winning 38-35. Each side featured a few former SEC players who changed the entire dynamic of the game.
Super Bowl LVII top performances from SEC players
Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama/Oklahoma, Philadelphia Eagles
Hurts may have finished his career at Oklahoma, but for his first three seasons, he played at Alabama.
In Super Bowl LVII, he put on a show. In fact, he was heroic at times. The second year Quarterback finished 27-38 with 304 passing yards and 1 passing TD, as well as 15 carries for 70 yards, with 3 rushing TD’s, including a clutch 2-pt conversion to tie the game up at 35 with just over 5 minutes left. Unfortunately, his team went up against Mahomes, who well, played like Mahomes. A questionable flag in the final minute didn’t help them either.
DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama, Philadelphia Eagles
The 2020 Heisman winner was nothing short of incredible. He finished with 7 receptions for 100 receiving yards, including a timely 45 yard reception that set up the tying touchdown in the final few minutes. He was a cornerbacks nightmare as he was constantly evading coverage with his quick speed and route-running abilities.
A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss, Philadelphia Eagles
Like Smith, A.J. Brown made some unbelievable catches and was also a cornerbacks nightmare in Super Bowl LVII. This was evident on his 45 yard touchdown reception. Brown finished with 6 catches for 96 yards and one receiving TD.
Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida, Kansas City Chiefs
The former standout Florida wide receiver may have had only one catch, however, it was a crucial one that went for 6. Besides his touchdown, he had a dazzling 65 yard punt return that helped the Chiefs go up 35-27 three plays later. Toney finished with 1 reception for 5 yards.
Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri, Kansas City Chiefs
Bolton, who won a plethora of awards at Missouri, led the Chiefs in tackles in Super Bowl LVII with 9 and also recovered a fumble, which he returned for a touchdown. He was all over the field and almost had a second defensive touchdown, but the play was ultimately overturned, as Eagles RB Miles Sanders never had full possession.