Tanoh Kpassagnon, a Wissahickon High School graduate, helped Kansas City Chiefs defeat San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, writes Paul Domowitch for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Kpassagnon, who has two degrees from Villanova business school, was selected by the Chiefs during the second round of the 2017 draft. At the time, he had to check where Kansas City was exactly.
“I honestly wasn’t sure where it was on the map,’’ he said. “I knew it was in the Midwest somewhere. I also knew it wasn’t anywhere near Wissahickon.’’
But while it took some time to get used to both Kansas City and the NFL, the 6-7, 289-pound defensive end has started to make a name on the team’s defense.
Following an injury to fellow defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, Kpassagnon started the final eight regular-season games.
He also played 62 percent of the defensive snaps this season, compared to 12 percent last season.
He made his eleventh straight start in a Super Bowl, something few players get in their third pro season.
“There are guys who have been waiting their whole careers for this opportunity,’’ he said. “I’m here in three years.”
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