By Paul Peck, Buffalo Sports Page

A Patriots loss in Super Bowl 52 would be enough to make all Buffalo sports fans celebrate.  Aside from Philadelphia, there may not have been another city cheering as hard for the Eagles to win.

There are also a number of Buffalo-related reasons for every WNY football fan to feel good about Philadelphia’s 41-33 win over New England.  Two Buffalo natives play for the Eagles, two Philly assistant coaches have ties to WNY, and three former Bills are current Eagles players.

It starts with Frank Reich.  The beloved former Bills quarterback finally has his Super Bowl ring.  It came in his 6th appearance in the Big Game.  Reich went to all four Bills losses, and then suffered another loss as an assistant coach with the Colts.  Reich is the Eagle offensive coordinator, who played a big role in preparing Nick Foles to replace Carson Wentz and play well enough to earn the Super Bowl MVP trophy.

Buffalo natives Corey Graham and Steven Means are bringing home Super Bowl rings.  Graham, the graduate of Turner Carroll High School, had 8 tackles in the game.  Graham is also a former Bills player.  Means was the Eagles player dumping Gatorade on Head Coach Doug Pederson at the end of the game.  The Buffalo native and UB Bulls alum was inactive for the game, but was on the sidelines.

Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz is another former Bills assistant, having led the Buffalo defense in 2014.

Former Bills players Nigel Bradham and Ronald Darby were key players on the Eagles defense.  Bradham had 7 tackles in the game, Darby had 4 tackles and 2 passes defended.

Former Bills player Jason Peters was injured and did not play, but was on the field for the opening coin toss as one of the Eagles captains.

 

Paul Peck

Paul Peck is sports broadcaster with over 25 years experience in TV and Radio. He served as sports anchor, reporter, and producer at WIVB for 24 years. In that role, he covered all four Buffalo Bills Super Bowls, the Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup Finals, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Daytona 500. He has been the Voice of the UB Bulls Football for 17 seasons, in addition to host of Bulls Athletics TV & Radio shows. Peck also served as the sideline reporter for the Buffalo Bills Football Network, host of the bowling show "Beat The Champ" and announces college basketball for ESPN 3 and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. He has also been the Master of Ceremonies for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, one of the largest sports banquets in WNY.

Paul is also involved in the local business community, having been a financial advisor at AXA Advisors, and is currently the Vice President of Sports Development at VSP Graphics Group.

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