2 Marylanders Playing In Super Bowl 58
Patch manager Deb Belt and Patch reporter Jacob Baumgart wrote this story.
MARYLAND — Super Bowl 58 is shaping up to be a memorable one with megastars such as Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Brock Purdy and Travis Kelce — not to mention, ahem, Taylor Swift — all on display.
Joining them at the big game on Feb. 11: two players who graduated from high schools in Maryland, who will face off on opposing teams. They are:
Donovan Smith, offensive tackle, Owings Mills High School, Chiefs
Chase Young, defensive end, Dematha Catholic High School (in Hyattsville), 49ers
Smith was born on Long Island in Hempstead, New York. He later moved to Owings Mills, where he earned first-team all-state honors under coach Steve Lurz. He did not allow a sack in his junior or senior years at Owings Mills High.
Smith played college ball at Penn State, and Tampa Bay snagged him in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He stayed with the Buccanneers until Kansas City signed him this offseason.
The 30-year-old is now the Chiefs' starting left tackle. Smith has played more than 9,200 snaps in his career. He missed five games with a neck injury late this season, but he returned in time for the playoffs.
Young has had an injury-riddled career since the Washington Commanders picked him with the second overall pick in the 2020 draft. The Prince George's County native won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year but tore his ACL in week 10 of his second season, Yahoo Sports said.
Though Young has faced adversity, the former Ohio State Buckeye is excited for this chance to win a Super Bowl with San Francisco.
"It's something I can tell my kids when I have them one day," Young said, according to Yahoo Sports. "It's something you can't put into words. You've been playing football for so long, the Super Bowl is something you want to go to, but it's not something you make happen by yourself. It's a real blessing."
Fun Trivia Bits
This year, Florida and Texas are the best represented, with 10 players each hailing from those two states alone, according to a list compiled by highschoolfootballamerica.com. Nine players went to Georgia high schools, eight came from Michigan high schools, and seven came from California.
Mahomes attended Whitehouse in Texas, McCaffery attended Valor Christian in Colorado, Purdy attended Gilbert Perry High in Arizona, and Kelce went to Cleveland Heights in Ohio.
And if you were wondering, Swift attended a public high school in Hendersonville, Tennessee, for two years, and later transferred to Aaron Academy, a private Christian school that offers home-schooling and better accommodated her touring schedule.