The only team with former Seminoles on the roster headed into Championship Sunday was fittingly the team that has adopted Florida State’s War Chant.
After an exciting matchup against the TennesseeTitans, Derrick Nnadi and Cameron Erving are headed to play in the biggest game of their lives:
Nnadi would start the game as it was Pro Bowler Chris Jones’ first game back from injury:
Chris Jones isn't starting. It's Mike Pennel and Derrick Nnadi.— Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) January 19, 2020
Although Jones did his part to get his fellow defensive linemen, Nnadi included, fired up before the game:
Chiefs going through pregame warm-ups right now with Chris Jones and Derrick Nnadi lined up with the starting unit. Jones also broke the defensive line huddle with what appeared to be a fiery pregame speech.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) January 19, 2020
These dudes are ready to ball.
Nnadi anchored the line, and while his stats don’t jump out, which can often be the case for defensive tackles, his impact stretches way more than the single tackle he recorded would suggest.
The Chiefs defense held Derrick Henry, who had 588 yards rushing in these playoffs, to just 69 yards on 19 carries, helping Kansas City to the Super Bowl.
Following the game, Nnadi was still in disbelief:
Yo this is real— Derrick Nnadi (@DerrickNnadi) January 19, 2020
But the celebration won’t last long. The second-year pro is turning his attention towards the big one:
One more— Derrick Nnadi (@DerrickNnadi) January 19, 2020
As for Erving, he was active, but serves in a back up role along the Chiefs’ offensive line. Regardless, he’s headed to Miami for Super Bowl LIV all the same. Oh, and he’s undefeated in Miami...