Ohio State will have three representatives in this year's Super Bowl.
Former Buckeyes Nate Ebner and John Simon will take the field for the New England Patriots, while Jake McQuaide will be the long snapper for the Los Angeles Rams, when their two teams meet in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta two Sundays from now.
Ebner, in his seventh season with the Patriots, will be appearing in his fourth Super Bowl, and has a chance to become just the second Ohio State player ever to win three Super Bowls. Mike Vrabel, the only previous Buckeye who has accomplished that feat, also did so with the Patriots.
Simon, who is in his sixth season in the NFL but his first with the Patriots, and McQuaide, who is in his eighth NFL season (all with the Rams), will both be appearing in their first Super Bowl.
Ohio State went into Sunday with a chance to have as many as eight representatives in the Super Bowl, but the New Orleans Saints – who have a league-most six Buckeyes – lost to the Rams in overtime after a missed pass interference call kept them from sealing the win in regulation. The Rams won the game, 26-23, after Greg Zuerlein turned a snap from McQuaide into a game-winning 57-yard field goal.
The Kansas City Chiefs, who lost to the Patriots in overtime, did not have any former Ohio State players on their roster this season.
Super Bowl LIII is set for a 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 and will be televised on CBS.