It’s the storybook ending that most players dream of, but very few ever get to realize.
Suiting up one final time in the Super Bowl, and winning a championship is the ideal way to wrap up a career, and a few players involved in Super Bowl LVII have a chance to make that vision a reality.
Here are three players who may decide that the Super Bowl LVII will be the last game they ever play.
It doesn’t seem like all that long ago. Ndamukong Suh was a generational defensive line prospect coming out of the University of Nebraska. He was throwing around offensive linemen like ragdolls in college, and figured to do the very same thing in the NFL with his next-level strength.
That projection turned out to be pretty accurate, as Suh would earn several accolades throughout his career, such as being named to the Pro Bowl five times, and being tabbed as an All-Pro three times. Suh also has a Super Bowl ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so a victory this Sunday would be the cherry on top of what has been a marvelous stint in the league. Suh joined Philadelphia midway through the season, which is an indicator that the 36 year-old defensive lineman might not want to go through the grind of playing full schedules anymore.
One of the biggest storylines heading into Super Bowl LVII is the matchup of brothers both vying for a championship. Philadelphia’s Jason Kelce and Kansas City’s Travis Kelce will lay it all on the line, and only one will be able to come away with their second Super Bowl ring.
Both are phenomenal NFL players, but Jason Kelce is slightly older at 35. He’s still playing at an extremely high level, as evidenced by his All-Pro nod again this year. He might be inclined to hang up his cleats after a victory on Sunday, considering that he’s basically played every single snap over the last several seasons, and might want to avoid more wear and tear.
There’s an excellent chance that Chiefs’ reserve quarterback Chad Henne will not see the field on Sunday, but it could be his last time being active for an NFL game. The 37 year-old was taken in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, and could decide to spend more time with his family after the Super Bowl.
Even though he’s played sparingly in the last few years, Henne has been clutch when Kansas City has needed him in relief. He came into the contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Divisional Round, and led a long touchdown drive that kept the Chiefs in front. Henne also made a big throw in the Divisional Playoffs a couple years ago against the Cleveland Browns. He’s not going to go down as one of the best to ever do it, but Henne has endeared himself to Chiefs fans for a long time.