In this year’s Super Bowl, a team from Florida will face off against a team from Kansas — not exactly a New York City story. But, as we discovered, New York does play a role in the history of many of this year’s players.
Here are just a few pieces of New York City trivia about Super Bowl LV players to keep in mind as you watch the big game:
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, has one of the more fascinating lineages in football: his father, Pat Mahomes, was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for — you guessed it — the New York Mets in the 1999-2000 season.
But Mahomes is not the only member of the Chief’s Super Bowl line-up to have history in New York City . In 2013, when the team’s Safety, Tyrann Mathieu, awaited the first round of the National Football League (NFL) draft, he held a party in Hell’s Kitchen.
Other members of the Chiefs line-up got to know the city from their time playing for New York NFL teams. In fact, when Defensive Tackle Mike Pennel was with the New York Jets, he attended an event at SPiN New York, the ping-pong nightclub near Madison Square Park. And Offensive Guard, Kelechi Osemele, used to enjoy the soup dumplings at Jue Lan Club in the Flatiron District when he was a player with the Jets.
But of all the Chiefs with ties to New York, Tight End Travis Kelce might have shown the most commitment when, last July, he was part of a group that submitted a $1.7 billion bid to buy the Mets.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The most recognizable name on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ roster is also one of the biggest stars in the NFL — Tom Brady. Considered to be among the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the game, Brady already has six Super Bowl wins going into Super Bowl LV. And while the most famous piece of Brady’s real estate investments might be a mansion in the Boston suburb of Brookline, he and his wife Gisele Bündchen also owned a lavish apartment in Tribeca, New York, which they purchased in 2018. The couple sold this property last month, but they still maintain ties to the city by keeping a smaller apartment in the same building.
Other Buccaneers with New York lineage include Outside Linebacker, Cam Gill who played during his college years at Wagner College on Staten Island. During Gill’s four years at the school, he was twice named the Defensive Player of the Year at the All-Northeast Conference (NEC).
Ali Marpet, a guard for the Bucs, hails from a town just north of New York City — Hastings-on-Hudson, which is part of Westchester County. But Marpet’s ties to the city run through both of his parents. His mother, Joy Rose, teaches at Manhattan College, and his father was a New York fashion videographer.
Finally, another Buccaneers player is familiar to many New Yorkers as a former player for the New York Giants. Outside Linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul who played seven seasons for the New York team. During his time with the Giants, Pierre-Paul won a championship and was twice named a Pro-Bowler.
Tampa Bay by way of New York City
Not all of Super Bowl LV’s connections to New York City will be through its players. You could even say the city is playing an essential role in bringing the game to viewers as some of the game’s production crew will be performing their jobs remotely from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York, due to precautions for COVID-19.
So, while fans are watching the big game played in Tampa Bay, Florida, keep in mind that there’s a little New York on the field too.