The script for Super Bowl LVIII and it includes three former Ducks as characters. The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs are heading to Las Vegas to face off in the 58th Super Bowl.
The Chiefs are led by familiar faces; Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and the crew… yes, including Taylor Swift.
The Niners will have Brock Purdy, Christian McCaffery, and a few Ducks in their lineup. The three former Oregon football players heading to the Super Bowl are Arik Armstead, Deommodore Lenoir, and Terrance Mitchell.
Here’s a deeper look into their individual stats and previous playoff appearances:
This Pro Duck is heading to his second Super Bowl with the 49ers having been on the 2019 squad that lost to Kansas City.
Looking for sweet, sweet revenge is none other than defensive end Arik Armstead.
This season, Armstead racked up 27 tackles including 5 sacks. Coming up big in the NFC Championship game, he recovered a fumble by the Detroit Lions which led to the Niners’ game-tying touchdown drive during 3rd quarter.
From 2019 through this year, the 49ers have been to the playoffs four times. Collectively, Armstead has accumulated 32 total tackles, 4 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery. He has also contributed 7 sacks throughout the Niners’ playoff runs.
Armstead is this year’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee for San Francisco.
Deommodore Lenoir is only in his third year in the NFL but he has already made quite the name for himself in the Bay Area.
After the 49ers selected Lenoir in the 5th round of the 2021 draft, he has gone on to collect 180 career tackles and 4 interceptions.
Leading up to the Super Bowl, he has 58 solo tackles this season and has 10 passes defended.
This will be Lenoir’s first appearance in the Super Bowl but has 27 tackles and 3 interceptions in his postseason career. He brought down 5 tackles during the NFC Championship game.
Lenoir and Armstead are at the top of the depth chart in their respective positions for the 49ers. Armstead has played in 12 games so far this season and Lenoir has played in all 17 games for San Francisco.
In his 10th season in the NFL, Terrance Mitchell has had an up-and-down career in the league. However, his resume has stacked up to some pretty impressive numbers.
Mitchell is credited with 257 solo tackles and 51 assisted tackles through his first nine years in the league. He has also collected a sack and a fumble recovery, alongside 10 forced fumbles and 9 interceptions.
The cornerback signed a 1.165 million dollar contract for one year with the 49ers in July of 2023. Despite not seeing any game this season, the veteran defensive player is on the 53-man roster heading to Vegas.
In 2020, he started in two postseason games for his former team the Cleveland Browns. It was Mitchell’s first time in the playoffs.