While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might not be playing in the Super Bowl, there's still some rooting interest for fans who will be tuning in.
Kansas City and San Francisco are battling to see who can come away with the Lombardi Trophy this year, but there's something else on the line as well. No matter who wins, at least one former Buccaneers player is going to collect a second Super Bowl ring.
Six players who spent time in Tampa Bay during their careers will be involved in the action on Sunday. Five will be suiting up for the big game, with another legend sitting high atop Allegiant Stadium hoping to come away with another ring.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers players in Super Bowl 58
Former Buccaneers players on Chiefs Super Bowl roster
- Donovan Smith, OT
- Mike Edwards, S
- Blaine Gabbert, QB
- Justin Watson, WR
Interestingly enough, all four of those players were on the Buccaneers roster for Super Bowl 55, so it's a strange case of the shoe now being on the other foot. It also meant that those players got to indulge in what Super Bowl week is really like since things were done remotely back in 2021.
Former Buccaneers players on 49ers Super Bowl roster
- Logan Ryan, S
While the former Bucs players on the Chiefs side are going for their second ring, Logan Ryan is trying for the trifecta. He didn't, however, win a ring with Tampa Bay back in 2020. Ryan didn't join the Bucs until the year after, when Tom Brady recruited his old teammate to join rank while attempting to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
Both of Ryan's rings came while he was with the New England Patriots. John Lynch is the former Bucs players who is trying to collect the second Super Bowl ring of his career. He won one with Tampa Bay back in 2002 and he's already in the Hall of Fame as a player, so a second ring would truly be a cherry on top of everything he's accomplished.
Lynch, more than any other former player involved in the Super Bowl this year, might be the biggest rooting interest Buccaneers fans have in the game.