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Locals, ex-Broncos playing or coaching in Rams-Bengals Super Bowl LVI showdown


The Rams are set to take on the Bengals on Sunday in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. Here’s a look at ex-Broncos and those with Colorado ties who are playing or coaching in the game.

Jason Behnken, The Associated PressLos Angeles Rams outside linebacker Von Miller (40) celebrates after the team defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during an NFL divisional round playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.

Outside linebacker Von Miller was traded to the Rams at midseason after 11 years with Denver in which he was named to eight Pro Bowls and was the Super Bowl 50 MVP. He can win another ring in his second Super Bowl appearance and pad his resume for Canton.

Outside linebacker Justin Hollins, the Broncos’ fifth-round pick out of Oregon in 2019, took on a reserve role on L.A.’s defense over the latter half of the season. He has one tackle this postseason in 46 defensive snaps, while also seeing time on special teams.

Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis is an Arvada graduate who also served as the Broncos’ special teams coordinator from 2015-16. An All-American wrestler at Wyoming, DeCamillis began his NFL career in Denver in 1989 as a football administrative assistant.

Assistant quarterbacks coach Zac Robinson was an All-Colorado quarterback for Chatfield before going on to star at Oklahoma State. He spent four seasons in the NFL but never played in a game. Robinson spent last year as L.A.’s assistant wide receivers coach.

Wideout Warren Jackson starred at CSU before the Broncos signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. He was cut midway through training camp, was signed and cut by the Vikings, and then was added to the Rams’ practice squad in November.

Stephen Brashear, The Associated PressCincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, left, stands on the field with offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, right, before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Seattle.
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Offensive coordinator Brian Callahan recently interviewed for the Broncos’ head coaching vacancy. He got his NFL start in Denver and spent six years as a Broncos assistant, including offensive assistant/QBs coach in 2015. Callahan now commands the Bengals’ best chance at an upset: a potent, balanced offense featuring quarterback Joe Burrow, wideout Ja’Marr Chase and tailback Joe Mixon.

Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie had a prolific career for CU in which he finished as the Buffs’ all-time leader in tackles for loss and sacks by a defensive back. In his first season in Cincy after four with the Cowboys, the Bengals have leaned on Awuzie heavily in the playoffs.

Defensive tackle Josh Tupou was a four-year starter for the Buffs who has emerged as a quality run-stuffer over four seasons in Cincinnati. He was inactive for the AFC championship (knee injury) and has been limited in practice. He’s questionable for Sunday.

Quarterback Brandon Allen went 1-2 in three starts for the Broncos in 2019 and is in his second season as Joe Burrow’s backup. Allen was 1-4 when Burrow went down with a knee injury last year, and posted a 76.2 rating in his lone start this season (a Week 18 loss).

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