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Former Minden High and Louisiana Tech star  L’Jarius Sneed is a two-time Super Bowl champion

by Russell Hedges

Sneed’s Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime in Super Bowl XLIII Sunday night at Allegiant Stadium.

In four seasons in the NFL, Sneed has played in three Super Bowls. The Chiefs are the first team to win back-to-back titles since the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004.

Sneed, a cornerback, was credited with two solo and three total tackles along with one pass defended.

The Chiefs sent the game into overtime tied at 19 on a 29-yard field goal by Harrison Butker with 3 seconds left in regulation.

The 49ers took the lead on their first possession on a 27-yard field goal by Jake Moody with 7:22 left in overtime.

Kansas City drove 75 yards in 13 plays for the winning touchdown. Patrick Mahomes completed a 3-yard pass to Mecole Hardman for a walk-off touchdown with 3 seconds left.

Mahomes, who completed 34-of-46 passes for 333 yards and two TDs, was named the Super Bowl MVP.

Sneed finished the full season with 72 solo and 92 total tackles. He had 12 solo and 14 total tackles in the postseason.

If not for Sneed, the Chiefs may not have even made it to the Super Bowl.

He made one of the biggest plays in the Chiefs’ 17-10 victory over Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game.

On the first play of the fourth quarter and Baltimore facing a second-and-8 at the Kansas City 9, Lamar Jackson completed a pass to Zay Flowers.

Just before Flowers crossed the goalline Sneed slapped the ball out of Flowers’ hands. Sneed’s teammate Trent McDuffie recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback.

“He had a step on me,” Sneed said in his post game press conference. “All that was in my mind was step up, make the tackle. That’s what I did and I see him stretch the ball out and I punched the ball and it came out.”

Not only did Sneed, a cornerback, make the big play, he was second on the team in total tackles with 10.

His big play came three plays after Flowers caught a 54-yard pass against Sneed. He stood over Sneed after the catch and was penalized for taunting.

“I didn’t know that he did that,” Sneed said. “If I did I would’ve said something. The guys were telling me he stepped over me.”

Sneed said the fact Flowers got behind him motivated him.

“I was kind of mad at myself,” he said. “I didn’t see him get behind me when I went to safety. I was like next play, mentality.”

Sneed said the march to this year’s Super Bowl was different than in year’s past.

“We had a lot of doubters from the beginning of the season,” he said. “They didn’t believe in us. The champs at that, they didn’t believe in us. We stayed at it. We had a lot of adversity, kept going. Look where we’re at now.”

Sneed will be a free agent in March. He recently told ESPN he wants to stay with the Chiefs.

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