Local NFL players win another Super Bowl ring with Chiefs

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Two local NFL players are each waking up this morning with another Super Bowl ring.

Virginia Beach’s Derrick Nnadi and Suffolk’s Cole Christiansen are on the Chiefs team that took down the 49ers 25-22 on Sunday night in overtime.

Christiansen, a Nansemond-Suffolk grad, played special teams on Sunday and was involved in a key moment in the game. With 2:42 to go in the third quarter, he helped teammate Jaylen Watson recover a muffed punt that set up a touchdown drive.

<em>Cole Christiansen #48 of the Kansas City Chiefs stands on the sidelines during the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 1, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)</em>
Cole Christiansen #48 of the Kansas City Chiefs stands on the sidelines during the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 1, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)

This is the second Super Bowl ring overall for Christiansen, who first joined Kansas City last year as a practice squad member.

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Meanwhile this is the third Super Bowl win for Nnadi, a 27-year-old defensive tackle who played high school ball at Ocean Lakes. He’s been injured and didn’t play on Sunday, but has been a key contributor over their run in recent years.

<em>Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (91) gestures towards cameras before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen)</em>
Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (91) gestures towards cameras before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen)

He continues to do charitable work both in the Kansas City region and at home in Hampton Roads, including helping shelter dogs get adopted.

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