This time the team many love to hate, takes on the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta from 6:30 p.m. EST. But for Caribbean fans of the sport, two sons with roots in the region, are set to feature prominently in the football spectacular.
Like the Patriots or not, they are the only team with Caribbean roots players in this year’s Super Bowl.
The two are Sony Michel and Patrick Chung.
All bets are on Haitian-roots rookie, Sony Michel, who played a big part in getting the Pats to the big game.
The 5-foot-11, 215-pound rookie is considered to be one of the NFL’s most bruising inside rushers and a budding New England Patriots star who gained most of his team-leading 931 yards this season on between-the-tackles runs.
Michel, #26, a 23 alumnus of the University of Georgia, is only in the first year of a four-year, $9.62-million rookie contract. The New England Patriots drafted Michel with the 31st overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
Michel has stayed out of any media controversy, preferring to stay low keyed on Twitter on Monday to post: We’ve been working since April for this moment 🙏🏿 #blessed #SBLIII.”
The Pats will also feature veteran safety, Jamaican-born Patrick Chung, 31, who created a buzz this week at a send off really at Gillette Stadium prior to New England flying down to the Super Bowl, by saying: “We’re going to go down there and kick their ass, baby.”
While the comment has gotten him some flack, the#23 star has refused to back down, telling reporters this week: “We’re confident. They’re confident, I’m sure. They’re thinking the same thing. It was just me being a clown. I guess I apologize, but I am not really apologizing because we are confident just like they are. They are a great team, we know that. We are a great team, they know that.”
Chung is expected to make his fifth appearance in a Super Bowl, including his third consecutive Super Bowl.
Chung’s mother, Sophia George-Chung, is a Jamaican reggae artist who was popular in the 1980s. His father, Ronald Chung, was a music producer and her manager.