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Feb 07, 2021

Pinion Earns Super Bowl Ring

Former Clemson punter Bradley Pinion earned his first Super Bowl championship on Sunday evening, as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9, in Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Fla.

With Pinion’s championship this year, Clemson has now produced 31 different Super Bowl champions that have totaled a combined 39 Super Bowl rings.

In all, four former Tigers played in Super Bowl LV, including cornerback Bashaud Breeland, linebacker Dorian O’Daniel and wide receiver Sammy Watkins of the Chiefs. Clemson was one of only four schools to have at least four players on the teams’ active rosters entering Super Bowl Sunday.

Pinion became the third Clemson specialist to either kickoff or punt in the Super Bowl, joining kicker David Treadwell (Super Bowl XXIV) and punter Chris Gardocki (Super Bowl XL). Obed Ariri was a member of the Washington Redskins during their 1987 title campaign but did not appear in Super Bowl XXII.

Pinion was a three-year letterman at Clemson from 2012-14. He averaged 41.1 yards per punt in 34 career games at Clemson, finishing his collegiate career with 55 punts downed inside the 20, 26 punts of 50-plus yards and only two touchbacks among his 140 career punts. He would go on to be selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.

With Pinion’s victory, at least one Clemson player has been on the roster of the Super Bowl champions in each of the last three years.