Steelers biggest connections in Super Bowl LV: Chiefs vs Buccaneers

Antonio Brown #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
Antonio Brown #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /
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The Pittsburgh Steelers can’t win the Super Bowl every year, at least that’s how the old saying goes. However, some former Steelers will still be coaching and playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday.

The fifty-fifth installment of the Super Bowl will be played on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs the Kansas City Chiefs. Some of the players and staff on each team have some Steelers connections. A few people even come from the Pittsburgh region through their personal or professional backgrounds.

It is an intriguing matchup full of little games inside the game. Those little matchups will help decide who will emerge victorious when the clock strikes zero. It will be interesting how the Bucs defense finds ways to try and cover elite receiving threats with one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. On the flip side, it will be worrisome for the Chiefs defense to go up against Tom Brady and that offense, which is now firing on all cylinders. It should be a shootout between these two that will magnify any turnovers that are forced by the opposition’s defense. This is not a prediction article but let’s go with Chiefs 31, Buccaneers 24.

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Chiefs

Bell is a former star in the league that is currently trying to rejuvenate his career after being released by the New York Jets. Getting a Super Bowl ring would surely help his resume but his play has been backup material at this point. The former second-round pick by the Steelers has been the backup to the rookie, Clyde Edwards-Helaire. To no fault of Bell, Edwards-Helaire has been electric during his rookie season. Edwards-Helaire got injured and it seemed like Bell would get the bulk of the carries but he failed to impress much. Instead, the Chiefs went more of a run by committee approach, which seems like an opportunity lost for Bell.

Bell left the Steelers organization on bad terms as he sat out a year to gain a big contract. In reality, he left millions of dollars on the table and went to a terrible organization. His career is now in limbo and who knows what the future holds for him. He still possesses enough skill to be on NFL rosters but not as a true number one running back at this point in his career. His days in Pittsburgh were special but his sun is starting to set on his career.