Three Tigers win first Super Bowl with Chiefs


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Watkins tallied nearly 100 yards receiving. (Photo: Robert Deutch / USATODAY)
Watkins tallied nearly 100 yards receiving. (Photo: Robert Deutch / USATODAY)

For a second-straight year, Clemson has a Super Bowl champion. Three to be exact, this season.

The Kansas City Chiefs trio of wide receiver Sammy Watkins, linebacker Dorian O’Daniel and cornerback Bashaud Breeland earned their rings with a 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday. It was a first Super Bowl championship for all three.

For O’Daniel, he’s been on a team that finished No. 1 in his league now with Good Counsel in Maryland (2009-12), Clemson (2016) and Kansas City (2019 season). He is the first Tiger to win national championships at the college and pro levels since Dan Benish accomplished that with the Tigers (1981) and the Washington Redskins (1987). O’Daniel recorded a tackle in the game.

Breeland became the first Clemson player to record an interception in the Super Bowl. He also had two tackles for loss.

Watkins tallied five catches in six targets for 98 yards, which was another Super Bowl record for a Clemson player.

Last year, former Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen’s second shot at a Super Bowl was the charm with a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Watkins is an unrestricted free agent after six seasons in the league, starting with a first-round selection by the Buffalo Bills in 2014. Breeland has the same number of seasons under his belt and the same contract situation.

O’Daniel has one season left on his rookie contract after a third-round selection in 2018.

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