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ProCanes NFL Recap: Super Bowl LIII

The Patriots won the big game for the sixth time, and former Canes were seen across all of the weekend’s festivities, commercials and game action.

NFL: Super Bowl LIII-New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Rams Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to the Super Bowl LIII Champion New England Patriots. This was their sixth championship since 2002, and 4 Miami alums earned their first rings: WR Phillip Dorsett, DT Ufomba Kamalu, WR Braxton Berrios, and practice squad member Trent Harris. Neither Dorsett or Kamalu made it onto the stat sheet in the 13-3 game, and Berrios spent the season on injured reserve, but bringing home the Lombardi Trophy will still be a memorable moment for the young players. Dorsett was a valuable contributor down the stretch for the Pats, bringing in touchdown receptions in each of New England’s previous 3 games leading up to the Super Bowl: the season finale against the Jets, and the two playoff games against the Chargers and the Chiefs.

NFL: AFC Divisional Playoff-Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots
Phillip Dorsett proved to be a valuable deep threat down the stretch for the Pats
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On the opposite side of the field, Rams CB Sam Shields fell just short of winning his second Super Bowl after winning the big game in 2010 with the Green Bay Packers. It’s been a long journey for Shields up to this point, after injuries put the 7-year vet completely out of football for all of 2017, only to see him work his way back with the Rams this season.

NFL: Super Bowl LIII-New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Rams
Sam Shields took in the moment of his second Super Bowl appearance
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Ed Reed’s Big Weekend

The iconic safety from Miami’s 2002 National Championship team started off his weekend by getting elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a top honor in any football player’s career that was well deserved for the nine-time Pro Bowler:

Ed Reed Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2019 Class

Reed was not finished with his time in the spotlight, as he was a featured cameo in the NFL 100 commercial, which commemorated 100 years of NFL football:

Not only does Reed kill it with his tux game, but he lays a quality hit on fellow hall-of-famer Ladainian Tomlinson.

With the 2018-19 NFL season officially coming to a close, focus will now shift to the beginning of free agency, and the lead up to the 2019 NFL Draft.

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