Duke football standout wins Super Bowl LV with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Duke football stars win Super Bowl (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Duke football stars win Super Bowl (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Former Duke football stars have won Super Bowl LV with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In what was one of the most anticipated Super Bowls in recent memory, it did not live up to the hype as two former Duke football stars won their first championship with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ross Cockrell, a cornerback on Tampa Bay, and Thad Lewis, an offensive assistant coach, watched the Buccaneers take down the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9, on Sunday night.

Cockrell did not get a defensive snap in the victory but did see a handful of plays on special teams as that was his primary role for the Super Bowl Champions in the postseason.

The former Blue Devil defensive back only played six defensive snaps in the Wild Card Round victory over the Washington Football Team and a surprising 20 snaps in the Divisional Round win over the New Orleans Saints before not taking the field on the defensive side of the ball in the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers.

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Prior to this season, Ross Cockrell had not played in the postseason since the 2016 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Thad Lewis, an assistant offensive coach, works primarily with the quarterbacks and saw Tom Brady complete 21-of-29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns.

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe tweeted out a picture of Cockrell with the Vince Lombardi Trophy following the victory.

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Ross Cockrell only signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers midway through the 2020 regular season and will become an unrestricted free agent once the new NFL league year begins on March 17 at 4:00pm EST.

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Lewis was also brought on to the Buccaneers coaching staff on a one-year deal, and it will be up to head coach Bruce Arians if he wishes to retain the former Duke quarterback on his coaching staff.

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