Two former UT Vols square off in Super Bowl matchup of Rams vs. Patriots

Two former UT Vols square off in Super Bowl matchup of Rams vs. Patriots

A former Tennessee player will earn a Super Bowl ring after Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The Rams feature rookie running back John Kelly, who has totaled 74 rushing yards on 27 carries. He played in both playoff games on special teams and recorded a tackle in the Rams' 30-22 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round. All of Kelly's rushing attempts came during December regular-season games.

The Rams selected Kelly in the sixth round of last year's NFL draft. He departed Tennessee after rushing for 778 yards and tying for the team high with 37 receptions as a junior in 2017.

The Patriots' roster includes wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who played one season for Tennessee in 2012 after starting his career in junior college. The Minnesota Vikings made him a first-round draft pick in 2013.

This is his first season with New England. Patterson, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, is the Patriots' kickoff returner.

Patterson made 21 receptions and averaged 28.8 yards on kick returns during the regular season. He has returned four kicks during the playoffs and caught two passes during the Patriots' 37-31 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship.

Kelly and Patterson give the Vols 63 all-time players on active NFL rosters to appear in Super Bowls since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, according to Tennessee. All-time, former Vols have won 46 Super Bowl championships, according to UT.

Last season, rookie Derek Barnett won the Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Source: Knox News | Blake Toppmeyer | January 28 2019

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