Mississippi annually has a presence in the Super Bowl, but never before quite like this Super Bowl Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles play for the NFL Championship. Eight native-born Mississippians dot the rosters of the Chiefs and Eagles. That’s more than any other state including much more populous Texas, Georgia and Ohio, which tie for second with seven. Tony Woolfolk, Fletcher Cox’s high school coach, joins us to talk about how Yazoo City, a town of 10,000, produced two Super Bowlers in Cox and his Eagles teammate Kenny Gainwell, and why Mississippi continues to produce so many of football’s greatest players.

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Rick Cleveland, a native of Hattiesburg and resident of Jackson, has been Mississippi Today’s sports columnist since 2016. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in journalism, Rick has worked for the Monroe (La.) News Star World, Jackson Daily News and Clarion Ledger. He was sports editor of Hattiesburg American, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His work as a syndicated columnist and celebrated sports writer has appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and newspapers.
Rick has been recognized 13 times as Mississippi Sports Writer of the Year, and is recipient of multiple awards and honors for his reporting and writing.

Tyler Cleveland is a senior reporter for Scorebook Live and the co-host of Mississippi Today's Crooked Letter Sports Podcast.