Meridian, Miss. (WTOK) Several players with connections to Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana will hit the gridiron in Super Bowl LIV.
Here is a look at players will look connections on both the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers rosters:
Tarvarius Moore (Safety - 49ers)
Tarvarius Moore has the closest local connection of any player on either team's roster. He attended Quitman High School playing for the school's football team. He played cornerback in high school under former head coach Steve Bynum but said playing safety is a 'more natural feel' for him.
After Moore graduated from Quitman in 2014, he played two seasons at Pearl River Community College and two years at Southern Miss before being drafted in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
Tyreek Hill (Wide Receiver - Chiefs)
The explosive, fast wideout who is in his fourth season with the Chiefs once spent time playing football in Livingston, Alabama. Hill played for one season at the University of West Alabama under current head coach Brett Gililand.
Hill was drafted by the Chiefs in 2016, starting off his career with them as the fourth receiver on the depth chart. He quickly climbed up the ranks and is now one of quarterback Patrick Mahomes favorite targets.
While Hill has had a fair share of personal issues that include a domestic assault conviction and child abuse investigation, he's established himself as one of the best offensive players in the NFL in just four short seasons.
Dee Ford (Defensive End - Auburn)
The former Auburn defensive lineman was an All-SEC selection in 2013. Ford was traded to the 49ers prior to the 2019 season from, of all teams, the Kansas City Chiefs who drafted him as the 23rd overall pick in 2014.
In last year's AFC Championship game, Ford lined up offsides with a minute left in the game, costing the Chiefs an interception that would have sealed the victory for them. Ford will look to avenge himself for that costly mistake on Sunday when he faces his former team.
Chris Jones (Defensive Tackle - Mississippi State)
Chris Jones is a Mississippi boy, born and raised in Houston. He attended Houston High School where he played football for the Hilltoppers. He was a five-star recruit and was ranked among the top players in his class.
Jones appeared in all 13 games and made three starts as a true freshman at MSU in 2013. He chose to forgo his senior season in 2016 and enter the NFL draft, where he was picked in the second round by the Chiefs.
During the 2016 NFL combine, Jones fell while running the 40-yard dash, causing him to have a wardrobe malfunction where he exposed himself before quickly falling back to the ground to fix the issue.
Jones finished the 2018 season third in the league in sacks with 15.5.
Honorable Mentions: Nick Mullens, Reggie Ragland, Tyrann Mathieu and Kwon Alexander
Nick Mullens (Quarterback - Southern Miss)
Other players with local connections include 49ers backup quarterback Nick Mullens, who played at Southern Miss where he broke numerous records set by former Golden Eagle quarterback Brett Favre.
Reggie Ragland (Linebacker - Alabama)
Former Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland delivered hard hits for the Crimson Tide. He was part of the 2012 BCS national championship team as a true freshman and won a CFB national championship as a senior in 2015.
Tyrann Mathieu (Safety - Chiefs)
Tyrann Mathieu, better known by his nickname "Honey Badger", is in his first season with the Chiefs. He played for the Tigers until 2012 before he was kicked off the team by former head coach Les Miles for a violation of team rules. Mathieu began his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals, drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft. He then played a season with the Texans before coming to the Chiefs in Mar. 2019, signing a three-year, $42 million contract.
Kwon Alexander (Linebacker - 49ers)
Kwon Alexander attended LSU from 2012 to 2014. A native of Oxford, Alabama, he chose to attend out-of-state LSU even though he received a scholarship offer to play for in-state school Auburn. Alexander was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015 where he played at for four seasons. In Mar. 2019, he signed a four-year, $54 million contract with the 49ers that includes $27 million guaranteed.