So the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were eliminated from the playoffs in the divisional round, while the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t qualify for the postseason.
Not to fret, there’s still a rooting interest in Florida.
That’s because every year, there’s a good chance someone with ties to the Sunshine State will either play for or win a Super Bowl ring. It helps when the state routinely produces the most NFL players each year, according to an NFL news release.
So if you’re an alumnus or fan of any Florida college football program, there’s a chance that school is represented heading into the NFL’s championship weekend.
Here’s a look at the players from Florida colleges on the active rosters, as of Jan. 28, of the four remaining NFL playoff teams. And we’ll also note some players that cut their teeth at either a South Florida or Bradenton high school:
Vernon Hargreaves III, cornerback, Florida
Trey Hendrickson, defensive end, Florida Atlantic
Fred Johnson, offensive tackle, Florida
Evan McPherson, kicker, Florida
Mitchell Wilcox, tight end, USF
Wyatt Ray, defensive, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (Boston College)
Kansas City Chiefs
Mike Hughes, cornerback, UCF
Joshua Kaindoh, defensive end, Florida State (IMG Academy)
Derrick Nnadi, defensive tackle, Florida State
Demarcus Robinson, wide receiver, Florida
Tommy Townsend, punter, Florida
Deandre Baker, cornerback, Miami Northwestern (Georgia)
Rashad Fenton, cornerback, Miami Carol City (South Carolina)
San Francisco 49ers
Azeez Al-Shaair, outside linebacker, Florida Atlantic
Travis Benjamin, wide receiver, Miami
Marcell Harris, outside linebacker, Florida
Nick Bosa, defensive end, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (Ohio State)
Los Angeles Rams
Cam Akers, running back, Florida State
Buddy Howell, running back, Florida Atlantic (Coral Gables)
Van Jefferson, wide receiver, Florida
Brandon Powell, wide receiver, Florida (Deerfield Beach)
Jalen Ramsey, cornerback, Florida State
Sony Michel, running back, Plantation American Heritage (Georgia)