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Nine KC high school players who later were in the Super Bowl

Anyone who watched Super Bowl XXXIV likely remembers when the Rams’ Mike Jones stopped Kevin Dyson of the Titans short of the goal line on the final play.
Anyone who watched Super Bowl XXXIV likely remembers when the Rams’ Mike Jones stopped Kevin Dyson of the Titans short of the goal line on the final play. The Associated Press

When Shane Ray steps on the field for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, he’ll be the latest in a growing list of players who attended local colleges to play in the big game.

He’ll also be part of a more exclusive group: players who attended a Kansas City area high school and went on to play in the Super Bowl.

Ray, who attended Bishop Miege and then Missouri, is with the Denver Broncos. They are playing the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. When Ray gets into the game, he will be the 10th person who played high school ball in Kansas City to play in a Super Bowl. Here are the nine others (if I’m missing someone, please let me know):

David Verser, Sumner High School: A wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, Verser didn’t have a catch in Super Bowl XVI, but he returned five kickoffs for 52 yards. He was blamed for a missed block at the goal line as the 49ers stuffed a potential Cincinnati score and won 26-21.

Warren Powers, Lillis High School: He was a starting free safety for the Raiders in Super Bowl II, which the Packers won 33-14.

Roy Foster, Shawnee Mission West High School: A first-round pick of the Dolphins in 1982, he was Miami’s starting left guard in Super Bowl XIX, which the San Francisco 49ers won 38-16. One Dolphins blog ranked Foster as the 43rd best player in franchise history.

Aldon Smith, Raytown High School: In Super Bowl XLVII, Smith was a starting outside linebacker for the 49ers. He made two tackles, but the Ravens beat San Francisco 34-31.

Mark Haynes, Harmon High School: A starting cornerback for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII, which Washington won 42-10. Two years later, Haynes was a member of the Broncos’ Super Bowl XXIV team that was crushed by the 49ers 55-10.

Ryan Lilja, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School: He was the starting left guard for the Colts in Super Bowl XLI when they rushed for 191 yards in a 29-17 win over the Bears. He also was a starter for the Colts in their 31-17 loss to the Saints in Super Bowl XLIV.

Alonzo “Skip” Thomas, Wyandotte High School: The Raiders cornerback had the nickname “Dr. Death” given to him well after he played at Wyandotte High School. But he was a starter on the Raiders’ Super Bowl XI winning team when Oakland routed the Minnesota Vikings 32-14.

Don Davis, Olathe South High School: He had a tackle for the Rams in their 20-17 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI. He went to the Patriots and appeared in every regular-season game during the 2003-04 seasons that ended with Super Bowl titles.

Mike Jones, Southwest High School: It is the most icon final play in Super Bowl history. As the clock ran out in Super Bowl XXXIV Jones tackled the Titans receiver Kevin Dyson at the 1-yard line, preserving the Rams’ 23-16 victory.

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