Florida in Super Bowl LVI
Between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams, 19 players and five coaches have ties to football in the State of Florida. Eight members of the Bengals played high school or college football in Florida and 11 members of the Rams were high school or college players in Florida. The Bengals head coach, Zac Taylor, was a coach on the Miami Dolphins staff from 2013-15. Ramps quarterback Matthew Stafford was born in Tampa.
Ricardo Allen, Safety, Daytona Beach Mainland HS, Purdue
Vernon Hargreaves, Cornerback, Tampa Wharton HS, Florida
Trey Hendrickson, Defensive End, Apopka HS, Florida Atlantic
Fred Johnson, Offensive Tackle, West Palm Beach Royal Palm HS, Florida
Evan McPherson, Kicker, Florida
Wyatt Ray, Defensive End, Boca Raton, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Boston College
Mitchell Wilcox, Tight End, Tarpon Springs HS, South Florida
Auden Tate, Wide Receiver, Tampa Wharton HS, Florida State
Head coach Zac Taylor was on the Miami Dolphins staff from 2012-15 as the quarterbacks coach.
Linebackers coach Al Golden was the Miami Hurricanes head coach from 2016-19.
Los Angeles Rams
Cam Akers, Running Back, Florida State
Tyler Higbee, Tight End, East Lake High HS, Western Kentucky
Buddy Howell, Running Back, Coral Gables Senior HS, Florida Atlantic
Van Jefferson, Wide Receiver, Florida
Sony Michel, Running Back, Plantation American Heritage HS, Georgia
Brandon Powell, Wide Receiver, Deerfield Beach HS, Florida
Jalen Ramsey, Defensive Back, Florida State
Darious Williams, Cornerback, Jacksonville Creekside HS, Alabama-Birmingham
John Wolford, QB, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny HS, Wake Forest
Jacob Harris, Wide Receiver, Palm Harbor University HS, UCF
Sharrod Neasman, Sarasota Braden River HS, Florida Atlantic
Defensive coordinator Raheem Morris was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach from 2009-11.
Offensive assistant Chris O’Hara is a graduate of the University of Miami and was on the Hurricanes coaching staff from 2011-13.
Linebackers coach Chris Shula is the grandson of Miami Dolphins coaching legend Don Shula and son of David Shula.
The State of Florida has hosted 17 Super Bowls, the most of any state in the U.S., dating back to Super Bowl II, in the Orange Bowl, on January 14, 1968. Super Bowl LV, was held in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, on February 7, 2021 and Miami Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium was the host of Super Bowl LIV, on February 2, 2020.