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Godwin, Smith, Shipley enjoy Super night for Bucs

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Three former Penn State players — WR Chris Godwin, LT Donovan Smith and OL A.Q. Shipley — are now Super Bowl champions after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9, in Super Bowl LV on Sunday in Tampa.

Godwin had a quiet night for the Bucs, catching two passes for just 9 yards. He did make this spectacular grab, but it was an incompletion as he came down out of bounds.

Godwin was a third-round pick of the Buccaneers in 2017, after helping Penn State win the Big Ten and reach the Rose Bowl in 2016.

Prior to the game, stories emerged that indicated Godwin would be back with the Bucs next season. He’s a free agent after this season and would be one of the most sought-after players, but the Bucs can either franchise tag him or sign him to a long-term deal this offseason.

Donovan Smith played his usual stellar role protecting Tom Brady’s weak side as the starting left tackle. Smith, a second-round pick out of PSU in 2015, has been a mainstay at left tackle for the Bucs since joining the team.

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Shipley was on injured reserve and did not play in the Super Bowl for the Buccaneers. The longtime NFL lineman was in his first season with the team.

Former Penn State standout Stefen Wisniewski started at right guard for the Chiefs on Sunday, his first start of the season with the team. Kansas City had all sorts of injury problems on its offensive line and had to move players around, and it resulted in the Buccaneers mahandling the Chiefs up front and forcing QB Patrick Mahomes to run for his life most of the game.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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