On December 10, 2014 the Seattle Seahawks signed DL David King off of the Bengals' Practice Squad. Now, King is a day away from making his first Super Bowl appearance.
King joined the Seahawks for the final 3 games of the regular season, and though he's had limited playing time, he did get a game-ending, playoff-sealing sack when the Seahawks played the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16. He hasn't lit up the field, but he's made more of an impact on the team than he did while sitting on the Bengals' Practice Squad.
King was active in the playoff game against the Panthers, but was inactive against the Packers, so we'll see if he makes it onto the field tomorrow night. Still, it's nice to see a player who started the year off with the Bengals make his way to the Super Bowl, even if it's with another team.
On the other side of the field, will be a man Tom Brady calls the best fullback in the NFL. James Develin has played for the Patriots since 2012. Prior to that, he spent all of the 2011 season as a defensive lineman on the Bengals' practice squad. He also earned a spot on the Bengals PS for the last five games of the 2010 season, after playing for the United Football League's Florida Tuskers, under then Head Coach, Jay Gruden.
Brady said of Develin this week, "any time we call on him he delivers." We'll see if the former Bengals PS member can deliver in Super Bowl XLIX.
Other Patriots players with Ohio connections include OL Josh Kline who is from Mason, Ohio and went to Mason High School; DB Nate Ebner who played at Ohio State and DT Chris Jones who played at Bowling Green.
Connections to the Cincinnati area from the Seahawks include Russell Wilson who was born (and still has family) in Cincinnati, OT Justin Britt who was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, but moved shortly after to Missouri, DT Landon Cohen who played at Ohio and DB Nate Ebner who played for OSU.