Several players with Chicago-area ties participating in Super Bowl LVI – NBC Chicago

Although the Chicago Bears are not in Super Bowl LVI, several players with Chicago-area ties are participating.

Los Angeles Rams starter and left guard David Edwards Jr. grew up in Downers Grove and was a quarterback at Downers Grove North High School.

The 24-year-old’s father calls him a perfectionist.

“Everything, when he thinks of something, he always achieves that goal,” said David Edwards Sr.

The entire Edwards family will be in Los Angeles for the big game, cheering on their beloved the whole time.

“It really doesn’t seem real, but it is,” the father said.

Edwards’ teammate Brian Allen, a graduate of Hinsdale Central High School, will also represent the area as the Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals.

“He’s so good to come back and be in high school, so to know him personally and see him do this, you’re proud, you’re excited for him,” said Hinsdale Central football coach Brian Griffin.

Based on his high school years, Griffin said he knows Allen has what it takes to eventually make the big game.

“You could tell he had the size, the badness and what made him stand out is that he’s so athletic for his size,” the coach said.

As both men prepare to take to the court in what could be the biggest game of their lives, Chicago will have their backs.

“You just try to enjoy the moment because it may never come back,” David Edwards Sr.

The Super Bowl will air on NBC with a 5 p.m. kickoff time.

More information on the match, including halftime details, odds and backgrounds for both teams, can be found here.

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