A former Maverick helped extend Nebraska’s Super Bowl streak to 26 years.
Lincoln Pius X grad Greg Zuerlein kicked the tying and winning field goals to lead the Los Angeles Rams to a 26-23 win over the New Orleans Saints in overtime. His winning field goal was 57 yards, the longest game-winning field goal in NFL playoff history.
Nebraska All-American Ndamukong Suh, who will be playing in his first Super Bowl, had four tackles, including one for a loss, and 1½ sacks.
A second Rams defensive linemen with local ties will also be playing in his first Super Bowl. Matt Longacre was an All-Nebraska football standout at Millard West and an MIAA defensive player of the year at Northwest Missouri.
The Husker streak, which is the longest of any program, includes those on the active roster, practice squad or injured reserve.
Former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead of the New England Patriots can reach the Super Bowl in back-to-back seasons. The Patriots play the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at 5:40 p.m.
Another Nebraskan will play a prominent role at the Super Bowl.
Maroon 5 is playing the halftime show alongside rappers Big Boi and Travis Scott. James Valentine, Maroon 5’s guitarist, was born in Nebraska. He went to Lincoln Southeast. He graduated from UNL.