USM alum Rakeem Nunez-Roches playing in first Super Bowl
Southern Miss certainly isn’t Alabama or Clemson when it comes to putting guys in the NFL, but the Golden Eagles that do make their way to the league also seem to make their way to the final Sunday of the season.
If you find yourself unsure of who to root for on Super Bowl Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be your team on behalf of Southern Miss alum Rakeem Nunez-Roches.
The one they call Nacho is now the third USM product to make it to the big game in the last two years, following the lead of Nick Mullens and Tarvarious Moore with the San Francisco 49ers last year.
It wasn’t meant to be for his friends from Hattiesburg, but the Belizean beast says they’re all cut from the same black and gold cloth. “Southern Miss has got some hard knock football players. They go under the radar, but they will outwork anybody on this planet. I’ll take my guys over anybody any day, but I mean Southern Miss is just – we work hard. We work hard. It’s talent out there and our motto is Southern Miss to the Top! Like you said, there was one last year, and now there’s one here. We live by that. We preach it, and we do it.”
Originally drafted in the sixth round by the Kansas City Chiefs back in 2015, Nunez-Roches is now facing his former team for the second time this season.