Allstate Sugar Bowl Has Many Super Bowl Connections

Fifteen Super Bowl Participants Have Been Part of Sugar Bowl Events

NEW ORLEANS (February 1, 2020) – Fifteen players on rosters for Super Bowl LV (Sunday, February 7, 2021) have connections to the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Eight members of the Kansas City Chiefs and seven Tampa Bay Buccaneers players either played in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, played in other events hosted or sponsored by the Sugar Bowl or were honored by the Sugar Bowl for their amateur athletic accomplishments.

The two Super Bowl participants with the most connections to the Allstate Sugar Bowl are Leonard Fournette and Tyrann Mathieu, both graduates of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans who went on to play football at LSU. Fournette was a two-time winner of the Corbett Award, presented by the Allstate Sugar Bowl to the top amateur athlete in the state of Louisiana – Fournette is the only high school athlete in history to win the honor. Both were honored with the Sugar Bowl’s New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Year Award (Fournette in 2014 and 2016 and Mathieu in 2012) and both competed as high school athletes in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic. Mathieu also recorded six tackles and a pair of pass break-ups in the 2012 Allstate BCS Championship game hosted by the Sugar Bowl.

Tampa Bay linebacker Devin White, another former LSU star, was the Corbett Award winner for 2018-19. He and Fournette are two of the 19 NFL players who have been honored by the Sugar Bowl as Louisiana’s top amateur athlete since the award’s inception in 1967.


Kansas City Chiefs
Name, College Sugar Bowl Connection(s)
Frank Clark, Michigan Interception set up a TD in 2012 Sugar Bowl
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU 110 rushing yards in 2020 CFP Championship hosted by Sugar Bowl
Mecole Hardman, Georgia Three-yard touchdown reception in 2019 Sugar Bowl
Travis Kelce, Cincinnati One rush for 19 yards in 2010 Sugar Bowl
Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech Five-time Manning Award Star of the Week
Tyrann Mathieu, LSU Six tackles and two pass break-ups in 2012 Allstate BCS Championship game
New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Year (2011-12)
New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month (Sept. 2011)
Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic participant at St. Augustine H.S.
Dorian O’Daniel, Clemson Four tackles in 2018 Sugar Bowl
Darrel Williams, LSU New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month (Oct. 2013) at John Ehret H.S.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Name, College Sugar Bowl Connection(s)
Carlton Davis, Auburn Four tackles in 2017 Sugar Bowl
Leonard Fournette, LSU Two-time Corbett Award winner (top amateur athlete in Louisiana)
New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Year (2013-14, 2015-16)
Multiple-time New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month
Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic participant at St. Augustine H.S.
Cyril Grayson, LSU* Set 400-meter dash record at 2012 Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic for Rummel H.S.
Ryan Griffin, Tulane Three-time Manning Award Star of the Week
O.J. Howard, Alabama# Two catches for 14 yards in 2015 Sugar Bowl
Kevin Minter, LSU Five tackles and a sack in the 2012 BCS Championship
Devin White, LSU Corbett Award winner (top amateur athlete in Louisiana)
* practice squad
# Injured reserve

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 99 Hall of Fame players, 51 Hall of Fame coaches and 19 Heisman Trophy winners in its 87-year history. The 2022 Allstate Sugar Bowl, which will feature top teams from the SEC and the Big 12, is scheduled to be played on January 1, 2022. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors thousands of student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.7 billion into the local economy in the last decade.

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