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.
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.
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:
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.