Later today, Super Bowl LVIII will kick off at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas when the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs play at 6:30 p.m. ET. Virginia Tech will be represented by both teams in the game, on the field and off. Here are three former Hokies who will play and coach in today's big game.
Three former Virginia Tech players part of today's Super Bowl
Chamarri Conner, Kansas City Chiefs, Safety
What a rookie season this has been for former Virginia Tech cornerback Chamarri Conner. Drafted in the fourth round and 119th overall in the 2023 NFL Draft, Conner has made a big impact with the Chiefs.
In the regular season, he had 36 tackles, 31 solo, and an interception of Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills in December at Arrowhead Stadium in a loss. He has been big for Kansas City in the postseason with his biggest game coming against Buffalo again in the Divisional Round in Western New York. Conner had 10 tackles, eight solo in the 27-24 victory.
Darryl Tapp, San Francisco 49ers, Assistant DL coach
San Francisco's assistant defensive line coach, Darryl Tapp, will be on the sidelines today as part of Kyle Shanahan's staff. The Virginia native joined the 49ers coaching staff in 2020 after spending time on the Hokies staff in Blacksburg.
In four years at Virginia Tech, Tapp played in 53 games with 187 tackles and 23.5 sacks and was a big part of the Lunch Pail defense under Bud Foster.
Nick Sorenson, San Francisco 49ers, Defensive passing game specialists/nickles
Nick Sorenson, the 49ers defensive passing game specialists/nickles coach, is the final Hokie that is part of the Super Bowl. He is in his second season with the 49ers after spending the 2022 season as a defensive assistant.
At Virginia Tech from 1997 to 2000 he started as a quarterback before moving to the defensive side of the ball as a linebacker and safety for his final two seasons in Blacksburg.
Regardless of who wins tonight, a former Hokie or two are going to be Super Bowl champions.