Rams’ Sean McVay heads up Georgia’s Super Bowl contingent

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Rams head coach Sean McVay, a graduate of The Marist School in DeKalb County, looks ahead to Sunday's game while reflecting on the Super Bowl 53 loss to NE.

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There will be several connections to Georgia on Sunday when the Rams and Bengals take the field in the Super Bowl.

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The most notable likely will play a huge part in deciding the winner: Rams coach Sean McVay (a graduate of the Marist School) and quarterback Matthew Stafford (the former University of Georgia star selected No. 1 in the 2009 NFL draft). But the connection to the state runs much deeper for the Rams – on the coaching staff and on the playing field:

– Former Falcons interim coach Raheem Morris is the defensive coordinator.

– Former Falcons assistant Joe DeCamillis is the special-teams coordinator.

– Former UGA running back Thomas Brown coaches running backs and is the assistant head coach.

– Former UGA offensive lineman Nick Jones is an offensive assistant, while Rome native Marcus Dixon is the assistant defensive line coach.

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In addition to Stafford, the Rams have five other players with connections to the state:

– Defensive end Leonard Floyd (Eastman and UGA)

– Offensive lineman Tremayne Anchrum (McEachern High and Clemson)

– Running back Sony Michel (UGA)

– Linebacker Ernest Jones (Ware County and South Carolina)

--Defensive back Grant Haley (Lovett)

– Former Falcons wide receiver/returner Brandon Powell

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The Bengals with Georgia connections:

– Tight end C.J. Uzomah (North Gwinnett and Auburn)

– Center Trey Hill (Houston County and UGA)

– Former Falcons safety Ricardo Allen

– Safety Vonn Bell (Ridgeland High)

– Cornerback Mike Hilton (Sandy Creek)

– Defensive end Cameron Sample (Shiloh)

– Offensive tackle D’Ante Smith (Grovetown High)

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