I-Bowl Alumni Shine During 2020-21 NFL Season

Over 80 former I-Bowl stars populated the 32 NFL rosters this season, and that group is headlined by a pair of Pro Bowlers and one All-Pro selection.

Cleveland Browns guard Wyatt Teller was named a second-team All-Pro – five years after starting for Virginia Tech in the 2015 Independence Bowl. Buffalo Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds – who also starred for the Hokies in 2015 – was honored with his second Pro Bowl, and Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb, who played for NC State in 2016, made his first Pro Bowl. Edmunds totaled 119 tackles in 2020, while Chubb amassed 7.5 sacks and 19 QB hits.

Two I-Bowl alumni made immediate impacts during their rookie seasons in the NFL and excelled at the biggest stage during the playoffs. Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed roamed the Independence Stadium turf just a year ago for Louisiana Tech, but the fourth-round pick was named a member of the 2020 PFWA All-Rookie Team after collecting 41 total tackles, three interceptions, seven pass deflections and two sacks in nine regular season games. In three playoff games – including Super Bowl LV, Sneed had 14 total tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss. Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers rushed for 94 yards as a freshman in the 2017 Independence Bowl for Florida State and finished his rookie season strong. Akers rushed for 625 yards in the regular season and 221 yards in two playoff games – including logging 645 yards over his last seven total games.

Other Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl alumni that starred in the league this year include the following:

Jeremiah Attaochu – Denver Broncos, LB (Georgia Tech, 2010): 31 total tackles, 5.0 sacks, 6 TFL, 1 FF

Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals, RB (North Carolina, 2011): 771 total yards (416 rushing, 355 receiving), 6 total TD

Brian Burns – Carolina Panthers, LB (Florida State, 2017): 58 total tackles, 9.0 sacks, 21 QB hits, 3 FF, 4 pass deflections

Adam Butler – New England Patriots, DT (Vanderbilt, 2016): 34 total tackles, 4.0 sacks, 6 TFL

Damiere Byrd – New England Patriots, WR (South Carolina, 2014): 47 receptions for 604 yards, 1 TD

Mike Davis – Carolina Panthers, RB (South Carolina, 2014): 1015 total yards (642 rushing, 373 receiving), 8 total TD

Terrell Edmunds – Pittsburgh Steelers, S (Virginia Tech, 2015): 68 total tackles, 2 INT, 1.0 sack

Gus Edwards – Baltimore Ravens, RB (Miami, 2014): 723 yards on 5.0 Y/A, 6 rush TD

A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals, WR (Georgia, 2009): 47 receptions for 523 yards, 2 TD

Tre Herndon – Jacksonville Jaguars, CB (Vanderbilt, 2016): 76 total tackles, 4 TFL, 5 pass deflections

Nyheim Hines – Indianapolis Colts, RB (NC State, 2016): 862 total yards (380 rushing, 482 receiving), 7 total TD

Justin Houston – Indianapolis Colts, DE (Georgia, 2009): 25 total tackles, 8.0 sacks, 2 safeties, 1 FF, 2 FR

Kareem Jackson – Denver Broncos, CB (Alabama, 2007): 89 total tackles, 1 INT, 4 pass deflections, 2 FR

John Johnson III – Los Angeles Rams, S (Boston College, 2013): 105 total tackles, 1 INT, 8 pass deflections, 2 TFL

Daniel Jones – New York Giants, QB (Duke, 2018): 62.5% passing for 2943 yards, 11 TD, 10 INT; 423 rushing yards

Josh Jones – Jacksonville Jaguars, S (NC State, 2016): 83 total tackles, 1 INT

Jakobi Meyers – New England Patriots, WR (NC State, 2016): 59 receptions for 729 yards

Sheldon Richardson – Cleveland Browns, DT (Missouri, 2011): 64 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, 5 TFL, 1 FF

Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans, QB (Texas A&M, 2009): 65.5% completion percentage for 3819 yards, 33 TD, 7 INT

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