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Which former Gators are playing in Super Bowl LVIII?

Now that we know which teams are playing in Super Bowl LVIII, we know which former Florida Gators will be a part of the big game.

Several former Gators have played in (and won) Super Bowls. In fact, this is the 22nd Super Bowl in a row to feature a player who spent his college years in Gainesville. Legendary Dallas Cowboys running back Emmit Smith and linebacker Godfrey Myles both won back-to-back Super Bowls in the early ’90s.

This year, five Gators are a part of the two organizations playing for the Lombardi trophy. Let’s take a look at each of them.

P Tommy TownsendKansas City

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Tommy Townsend has been one of the best punters in the game for years, and he has a chance to help the Kansas City Chiefs win back-to-back Super Bowls. He was leaned on heavily during the AFC Championship game, punting six times for 279 yards.

At Florida, he punted 93 times for 4,162 yards (44.8 yards per punt). He holds the school record for most yards by a punter in a single game with 432 yards and nine punts. He also has the seventh-longest punt in school history (71 yards).

OT Jawaan Taylor – Kansas City

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Fifth-year offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor signed a four-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs during the offseason, and now he has a chance to win a Super Bowl. Taylor has been penalized a league-high 20 times this year, but he’s only allowed five sacks and played three relatively clean games through the playoffs.

At Florida, Taylor started 34 of 36 games over three seasons. He bounced between left and right tackle, settling on the right side before turning pro.

WR Kadarius Toney – Kansas City

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kadarius Toney is technically a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, but he’s already been ruled out for the Super Bowl and many believe he won’t be returning to the team despite having a year left on his contract.

At Florida, Toney recorded 2,641 all-purpose yards over 38 games. He caught 120 passes for 1,590 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 580 yards and two touchdowns.

RB La'Mical Perine – Kansas City

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Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

La’Mical Perine is Kansas City’s third-string running back behind Isiah Pacheco and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He hasn’t received a carry or target so far in the playoffs, so he should remain a reserve option.

At Florida, Perine appeared in 55 games, starting 22 of them. He finished his collegiate career with 2,485 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 494 carries.

DB Trey Dean – Kansas City

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Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun

Trey Dean went undrafted in 2023, but he spent the entire regular season with the New York Jets as a member of their practice squad before signing with Kansas City ahead of the divisional round. He has not been elevated to the roster, but he’s still helping the Chiefs prepare for the big game.

He left Florida with 259 total tackles (141 solo), 24 pass deflections, 13.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, four interceptions, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble over 62 games.

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