It may have been a down year for the Clemson football team compared to recent history but not when it comes to former Tigers in the NFL.
That continues headed into the league’s biggest game which is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. on February 13 in SoFi Stadium.
Four Clemson players will be taking their shot at a Super Bowl ring. Three of those former Tigers (Tee Higgins, D.J. Reader, and Jackson Carman) were not expected to even be in this position and open up as an underdog once again. They play for the Cincinnati Bengals while Tremayne Anchrum Jr heads into the Super bowl with the Los Angeles Rams.
Higgins has followed up his huge season with a big postseason, that continued with 6 catches for 103 yards in the Bengals come-from-behind win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.
Meanwhile, Carman is a rotation offensive lineman for the Bengals. He’s made six starts this season for his hometown team who has now beaten the top two seeds (No. 1 Tennessee and No. 2 Kansas City) to get to this game.
Reader is also in his second season with the Bengals and is in his sixth NFL season overall. He also is making Clemson history in more ways than the others though. He is just the second former Tiger baseball player to make the Super Bowl.
Anchrum is a reserve offensive lineman for the Rams and has yet to play in a game this season. He’s in his second season after being picked in the 7th round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Another unique tidbit about three of these Tigers is that each, outside of Reader, are going to the Super bowl very early in their careers.
Clemson and Notre Dame have released depth charts ahead of this weekend’s matchup at Death Valley.
For the second time this season, Clemson will be an underdog at home.
Despite Clemson’s astonishing loss to Miami, the Tigers will head to Raleigh next week favored over NC State.