A Lot Of Florida Players Helped The Falcons Get To The Super Bowl
As the Atlanta Falcons prepare to take on the New England Patriots there are a handful of players with Florida ties that helped the Falcons make just their second Super Bowl appearance.
The Falcons have seven players on their roster from the University of Miami, Florida State University, University of Florida, Florida Atlantic, and the University of Central Florida.
Perhaps one of their most well-known Florida ties is their running back, Devonta Freeman. The Florida State star has rushed for over 1,000 yards and pulled in 462 receiving yards on 54 catches so far this season. He was selected by the Falcons in 2014 in the fourth round.
The team also has two rookies from the University of Florida, Keanu Neal and Brian Poole. Neal has had a standout rookie season, taking part in 105 tackles. The Falcons filled their safety positions with Neal and Kemal Ishmael, who is another player from the state of Florida being drafted out of the University of Central Florida.
The third rookie on the team, Sharrod Neasman, was drafted out of Florida Atlantic and competed for a safety position we well. Neasman and Poole served as backups until Ishmael was injured in Week 14 and put on the injured reserve list after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Poole stepped in for Ishmael and has recorded 10 tackles in the post season.
List of guys that played collegiate ball in Florida:
Matt Bosher, P, Miami (Fla.)
Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
Keanu Neal, S, Florida
Brian Poole, S, Florida
Sharrod Neasman, S, Florida Atlantic
Kemal Ishmael, S, Central Florida- On Injured Reserve List
B.J. Daniels, WR, South Florida- Practice Squad.
The Atlanta Falcons will take on the New England Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The game will be aired on FOX.