BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 28: Isiah Pacheco #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes with the ball against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 28, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Eagles will not be playing in the Super Bowl next weekend. Instead, they went out in a burst of flames. The last month and change of the season was a complete disaster, seeing them go 1-7 including the loss to the Bucs in the Wild Card round. It was an embarrassing follow-up to them making it all the way to the big game last season. But just because the Eagles will not be in it, does not mean the Philadelphia area won’t be represented.

There are 4 players with local ties playing in the Super Bowl next weekend, split evenly between the two teams. Two born in New Jersey, and two born in Pennsylvania. We kind of cheated with one because he moved to Texas before High School. But he was born in Philadelphia, so he still counts. The other 3, were born and raised in the local area. One is even open about how they grew up as an Eagles fan.

There is a RB expected to play a big role in the game. A WR having a breakout rookie season. A Safety now playing a big role after an injury to one of the 49ers starters. And a rotational Defensive Tackle who only recently joined the 49ers.

So before the big game, let’s get to know the local guys playing in it a bit better.

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Here are 4 players with local ties playing in the Super Bowl:

  • RB- Isiah Pacheco- Vineland, NJ, Chiefs

    By far the best player in the Super Bowl with local ties is Isiah Pacheco. And unlike some of the other guys on the list, we know he grew up as an Eagles fan. He has said so himself. That makes the role he played in beating the Eagles in last year’s Super Bowl sting just a bit more. But he has developed into a very good RB for the Chiefs, He averaged 4.6 yards per carry this season, with 6 TDs. He has a TD in all 3 of their playoff games thus far, so anticipate him being in the end zone once again in the Super Bowl.

  • WR- Rashee Rice- Philadelphia, Pa- Chiefs

    Rice moved to Texas when he was young and played both his High School and College ball there So this is a bit of a stretch to call him a local. But he was originally born in Philly, so we are going to count him as a local. Rice has emerged as the Chiefs’ best WR in his rookie season. He had 938 yards for 7 TDs during the season and has 20 catches for 223 yards and 1 TD in 3 playoff games so far. Outside of Travis Kelce, he is the next best option Mahomes has to throw it to.

    PFF Fantasy & Betting on Twitter: "Rashee Rice through the playoffs: 🔻 20 REC🔻 223 YDS 🔻 1 TD🔻 12 REC for first down 🔻 0 drops pic.twitter.com/jY7pOtA7Hb / Twitter"

    Rashee Rice through the playoffs: 🔻 20 REC🔻 223 YDS 🔻 1 TD🔻 12 REC for first down 🔻 0 drops pic.twitter.com/jY7pOtA7Hb

  • S- Ji’Ayir Brown- Trenton, NJ- 49ers

    The 49ers selected Brown in the third round of this past draft out of Penn State. He started out the season mostly playing Special Teams, but the 49ers turned to him as the starting safety after Talanoa Hufanga tore his ACL in late November. However, in the first playoff game against the Packers, he saw his role vanish. Logan Ryan took all of his snaps at Safety, and Brown never actually saw the field. But in the NFC Championship game, Brown got his role back against the Lions and played every snap.

    NFL on Twitter: "Rookie Ji'Ayir Brown sealed the game with a pick and @fred_warner had to make sure he got his shine. LEADER. 💯 @_Tiig2#InsideTheNFL Tuesdays 8/7c on @TheCW pic.twitter.com/yJTNGbK5PP / Twitter"

    Rookie Ji'Ayir Brown sealed the game with a pick and @fred_warner had to make sure he got his shine. LEADER. 💯 @_Tiig2#InsideTheNFL Tuesdays 8/7c on @TheCW pic.twitter.com/yJTNGbK5PP

  • DT- Sebastian Joseph-Day- Stroudsburg, Pa- 49ers

    Joseph Day has been around the NFL for a few years now. He was first drafted in the 6th round out of Rutgers by the Rams in 2018. He later signed with the Chargers but was cut in December. Not long after getting cut, he signed with the 49ers. He has not exactly been a difference-maker for them. But he is still a solid rotation DT and should see the field at least a bit in the Super Bowl. He did not show up on the stat sheet against the Lions but registered two tackles a week earlier vs the Packers.

    Larry Krueger on Twitter: "Kyle says the #49ers feel fortunate to be able to add DT the caliber of Sebastian Joseph Day pic.twitter.com/BJSXGXZb5R / Twitter"

    Kyle says the #49ers feel fortunate to be able to add DT the caliber of Sebastian Joseph Day pic.twitter.com/BJSXGXZb5R

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