A Penn State player has appeared in every Super Bowl except for five since 1967. That will remain true this season.
The Nittany Lions were going to be represented regardless of who won the NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams. Penn Staters Nick Scott and Grant Haley play for LA, and Robbie Gould and Kevin Givens for San Fran.
In the end, LA came out on top, 20-17. Scott and Haley are each set to make their first respective Super Bowl appearances.
Of those two, Scott has made the bigger impact. He started the first two playoff wins over the Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and made impact plays in both of those games, rocking Arizona’s A.J. Green in the wildcard round and intercepting Tom Brady in the divisional round to set up a score.
Scott continued to make his presence known against the 49ers, with this hit on Deebo Samuel late in the first half.
Man… that’s a huge hit by Nick Scott on Deebo Samuel pic.twitter.com/FcXXjS3Ede
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) January 31, 2022
Haley has had more of a sporadic role with LA, playing almost exclusively on special teams. He’s the more well known by Penn State fans of the two, however, mainly because of his return of a blocked field goal for a touchdown in the 2016 upset win over No. 2 Ohio State at Beaver Stadium.
Both Haley and Scott were teammates at Penn State from 2014-17. Haley was picked up by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2018, and after two seasons in New York, played the 2020 season for the New Orleans Saints before being picked up by LA. Scott was drafted by the Rams the seventh round in 2019 and has been with LA ever since.