Gophers In The Super Bowl
Five former University of Minnesota football players will compete in the upcoming NFL playoffs, which begin Saturday.
De'Vondre Campbell (Atlanta Falcons), Eric Decker (Tennessee Titans), Eric Murray (Kansas City Chiefs), Jalen Myrick (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Marcus Sherels (Minnesota Vikings) all have their sights set on winning Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, 2018.
Campbell and the Falcons face Los Angeles on Saturday. The second-year linebacker played in the Super Bowl last season with Atlanta. This year, he has started 16 games and has made 92 tackles, four pass breakups, two sacks and one forced fumble.
Decker and Murray will face one another on Saturday as the Titans battle the Chiefs. Decker, who is in his eighth season in the league, has made 54 catches for 563 yards and one touchdown this season. Murray has played in 14 games and has made 36 tackles this year. He has one sack and has also broken up five passes.
Myrick, who is a rookie with the Jaguars, will play in a home game against Buffalo on Sunday. Myrick has played in five games this season and has broken up one pass. He has also returned one kickoff for 18 yards.
The lone Gopher in the playoffs who will not play this weekend is defensive back Marcus Sherels. The Rochester, Minn., native and the Vikings finished the season 13-3 and received a first-round bye. The Vikings will host a playoff game at 3:40 p.m. on Jan. 14. Sherels has six tackles in 16 games this year. He has also returned 11 kickoffs for 271 yards and 39 punts for 372 yards.
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