Former Bears playing or coaching in Super Bowl LV

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The Chicago Bears will be watching the Super Bowl from home, but there will be some familiar faces throughout the franchise’s history that will be playing or coaching in Super Bowl LV as the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off for the game’s ultimate prize.

There are only two former Bears that are currently players in the league, both offensive linemen that are on Kansas City’s practice squad. But there are six others that are coaching in some capacity between the Chiefs and Bucs.

Here’s a look at the former Bears playing or coaching in Super Bowl LV.

Dave Toub, Chiefs

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Former Bears and now Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub will coach in his second straight Super Bowl. Toub served as Chicago's special teams coordinator from 2004-2012, which included a Super Bowl XLI appearance. He coached the best kick returner in NFL history in Devin Hester, who is eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2022.

Andy Heck, Chiefs

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Former Bears offensive lineman Andy Heck now serves as Kansas City's offensive line coach, and he'll be appearing in his second straight Super Bowl. Heck signed a four-year deal worth $10 million with the Bears, where he played from 1994-1998 before being released in 1999. Heck has been the Chiefs' offensive line coach since 2013.

Bryan Witzmann, Chiefs

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Former Bears offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann won't be playing in Super Bowl LV, but he serves on Kansas City's practice squad. Witzmann was with Chicago in 2018 after Kyle Long was injured, and Witzmann split time at right guard with Eric Kush. He started seven games from Week 10-16 before Long returned.

Patrick Omameh, Chiefs

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Another former Bears offensive lineman serving on the Chiefs' practice squad is Patrick Omameh. Chicago picked up Omameh off waivers in 2015, where he played 679 snaps before becoming an unrestricted free agent and signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016.

Harold Goodwin, Bucs

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Bucs assistant head coach and run game coordinator Harold Goodwin served on former Bears coach Lovie Smith's staff. Goodwin was hired as assistant offensive line coach, where he served fro 2004-2006. Goodwin also served as the Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator from 2013-2017 before joining the Bucs in 2019.

Bobby Slater, Bucs

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Bucs head athletic trainer Bobby Slater has a long history with the Bears. Before joining Tampa Bay in 2013, he spent 15 seasons with Chicago. Slater started as a training camp intern with the Bears in 1994 before starting his career with Chicago in 1999 as an assistant athletic trainer. He worked his way up to the Bears' assistant head athletic trainer and director of rehabilitation before leaving to join the Bucs, where he's spent the last seven seasons.

Mike Caldwell, Bucs

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Bucs inside linebackers coach Mike Caldwell had a brief stint with the Bears in 2002, where he played linebacker. Caldwell had 61 tackles and 3 sacks before moving on to the Carolina Panthers to close out his career. Interestingly enough, Caldwell never played in Chicago as the Bears were playing in Champaign as they were renovating Soldier Field that season. Caldwell has been Tampa Bay's inside linebackers coach since 2019.

Chris Boniol, Bucs

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Before Chris Boniol coached the Bucs' specialists (kicker, punter, holder and long snapper), he was a placekicker himself. Boniol spent his final season with the Bears, where he was signed in October 1999 to replace an injured Jeff Jaeger. But Boniol's time didn't last long after he missed 4-of-9 field goals with the Bears, including a potential game-winner against the Minnesota Vikings. He was released on Dec. 27, 1999. Boniol has coached special teams in some regard since 2010, and he joined the Bucs coaching staff in 2019.