Two former Jackets on Super Bowl rosters

Philip Wheeler #41 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates a sack against the Los Angeles Rams in the third quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The Falcons defeated the Rams 42-14. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Georgia Tech will have its next Super Bowl champion in two weeks.

Both the Falcons and Patriots have a former Yellow Jacket in their lineups, Falcons linebacker Philip Wheeler and Patriots guard Shaquille Mason. One of the two will hoist the Lombardi Trophy Feb. 5 in Houston.

This will be the 11th Super Bowl in which multiple former Jackets are on a roster for the game and the sixth in which they’ll be on opposite sides. Eighteen different former Tech players have won the Super Bowl, including Bill Curry twice.

Wheeler, a captain of the 2007 team, and Mason, who captained the 2014 team, will likely be on the field at the same time. Wheeler has been on the field for about 30 percent of the Falcons’ defensive snaps, according to Mason’s rate has been about 91 percent this season for the New England offense. Both play special teams, also.

Tech is one of 31 schools with more than one player on Super Bowl rosters. Alabama and Rutgers have the most with five each.

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