South Jersey continues its rich Super Bowl tradition

by Marc Narducci | Feb 10, 2023
South Jersey continues its rich Super Bowl tradition
South Jersey has a rich tradition of producing NFL players, a good number of who have played in the Super Bowl.
This year there are three players from the seven-county South Jersey area who will be on teams competing in the Super Bowl when the Eagles take on the Kansas City Chiefs.
The three are Chiefs rookie running back Isiah Pacheco of Vineland High along with Eagles linebackers Haason Reddick from Haddon Heights and Shaun Bradley from Rancocas Valley.
Area historian Chuck Langerman has compiled a list of players from the seven-county South Jersey area who have been on teams that reached the Super Bowl. (Not all of them have played in the game, but the majority have).
Counting the three this year, there are 36 players, which includes 35 who have played for South Jersey high schools and another, Victor Hobson, who hailed from Mount Laurel but attended Philadelphia’s St. Joseph Prep.
Two players from South Jersey have been Super Bowl MVP’s. Franco Harris of Rancocas Valley and the Pittsburgh Steelers was the MVP of Super Bowl IX when he rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown in a 16-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings. That was the first of four Super Bowls that Harris and the Steelers won in a six-year period.

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Audubon’s Joe Flacco was the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII when he led the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Flacco completed 22-of-33 for 287 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
As for this year, Reddick and Pacheco are expected to play major roles for their teams. Reddick, who had 16 regular season sacks in earning his first Pro Bowl berth, has 3.5 more sacks in the Eagles’ two postseason wins.
Pacheco has rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries (5.5 avg.) in the Chiefs’ two postseason wins. He has caught six passes for 65 yards.
Bradley appeared in 15 regular season games but was injured late in the season and placed on injured reserve.
This year one thing is assured – a South Jersey player will be guaranteed of earning a Super Bowl ring.


Author: Marc Narducci


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