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Former Penn State OL Wins 2nd Super Bowl

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 13: Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Donovan Smith (79) after an AFC Wild Card playoff game between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs on Jan 13, 2024 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

The Kansas City Chiefs have won the Super Bowl again.

Football’s most successful franchise of this decade won its second straight Super Bowl, and although Donovan Smith has only been there for one of those, it was his second Super Bowl, too. 

The former Penn State OL played his first eight NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with the highlight being a Super Bowl win after the 2020 season.

Before this season, Smith signed with the Chiefs and became their starting left tackle. With a little help from players such as Travis Kelce, coaches such as Andy Reid and a guy named Mahomes, Smith is once again a champ. 

Smith is still a stabilizing force on the left side. Through the first round of the playoffs, Smith was tied for 11th with nine penalties but had only allowed two sacks in 749 snaps. PFF gave him a 55.4 overall rating in his first season as a Chief following eight years, plus a Super Bowl ring, in Tampa Bay.

Smith started 31 games at Penn State during his career from 2011-14. At the start of his career, Joe Paterno was still the head coach. Smith then played for Bill O’Brien (2012-13) and James Franklin (2014). So Smith has played for every Penn State coach since 1966.

Two Penn State players were on the wrong end of the Super Bowl. Although the 49ers lost, rookie Ji’Ayir Brown had a moment he’ll never forget, with an interception of Mahomes in the third quarter. The 49ers also have former Penn State DT and Altoona native Kevin Givens, who has now played in two Super Bowls with the team. 

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