2021 Super Bowl rosters: Every starter and key role players for Chiefs vs. Buccaneers, plus much more


Super Bowl LV will feature a double-dose of elite quarterback play. The Chiefs, led by 2018 league MVP and reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, will try to out-duel Buccaneers’ quarterback Tom Brady, who will make an astonishing 10th Super Bowl start. This is the first Super Bowl pitting the previous two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks against one another. 

Mahomes is trying to join Brady, Bart Starr, Bob Griese, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, Joe Montana, Troy Aikman, John Elway, Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning as the only starting quarterbacks to win multiple Super Bowls. Brady is one win away from joining Peyton as the only quarterbacks in history to lead two different franchises to a Super Bowl victory. Needless to say, this Super Bowl will go down as one of the best QB matchups in NFL championship history. 

While the quarterbacks are the headliners, the Buccaneers and Chiefs have a slew of other talented players who helped get their respective teams to the big game. Here’s a comprehensive look at both teams’ rosters, as well as more information on this year’s Super Bowl. 

How to watch 

Super Bowl LV will be played in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 7, with the game slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on CBS (stream for free on CBSSports.com). 

Here’s a rundown of each team’s rosters, starters and key players.

This year’s Chiefs team won a franchise-record 14 games during the regular season. After outlasting the Browns in the divisional round before coasting past the Bills in the AFC title game, the Chiefs will now try to become the first repeat champion since Brady’s Patriots won back-to-back titles in 2003-04. 

Kansas City’s offense was again paced by Mahomes, who threw 38 touchdowns against just six interceptions during his 15 regular season starts. In Sunday’s win over the Bills, Mahomes overcame a turf toe and spending nearly a week in the NFL’s concussion protocol to throw for 325 yards and three touchdowns. Per usual, Mahomes’ favorite targets on Sunday night were receiver Tyreek Hill (nine catches, 172 yards) and tight end Travis Kelce (13 catches, 118 yards, two touchdowns). The Chiefs’ running game was led most of the year by rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, whose ankle/hip injury kept him out of Kansas City’s divisional round win over the Browns. Kansas City’s offensive line suffered a scare on Sunday night when longtime starting tackle Eric Fisher left the game with an Achilles injury. Martinas Rankin would likely replace Fisher if he cannot play in the Super Bowl. 

The Chiefs’ defense includes three Pro Bowlers in defensive end Frank Clark (six sacks, eight tackles for loss), defensive tackle Chris Jones (7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles), and strong safety Tyrann Mathieu (six interceptions, nine passes defensed). Free safety Daniel Sorensen (91 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles) and cornerbacks L’Jarius Sneed and Bashaud Breeland have also been key cogs in the Chiefs’ defense. 

Here’s the rest of the Chiefs’ starting lineup on both sides of the ball, as well as key backups and other players who have seen action in the postseason:

Offensive starters 

QB: Patrick Mahomes 

RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire 

WR: Tyreek Hill 

TE: Travis Kelce 

LT: Eric Fisher 

LG: Nick Allegretti 

C: Austin Reiter 

RG: Andrew Wylie 

RT: Mike Remmers 

Defensive starters 

LDE: Tanoh Kpassagnon 

LDT: Chris Jones 

RDT: Derrick Nnadi 

RDE: Frank Clark 

LB: Anthony Hitchens 

LB: Damien Wilson 

LCB: Charvarius Ward 

RCB: Bashaud Breeland 

FS: Daniel Sorensen 

SS: Tyrann Mathieu 

Specialists 

K: Harrison Butker 

P: Tommy Townsend 

KR/PR: Mecole Hardman 

Key reserves 

RB: Darrel Williams 

RB: Le’Veon Bell 

WR: Sammy Watkins

WR: Demarcus Robinson 

FB: Anthony Sherman 

LT: Martinas Rankin 

LDE: Alex Okafor 

RDE: Mike Pennel 

ILB: Ben Niemann 

OLB: Willie Gay 

CB: Rashad Fenton 

FS: Juan Thornhill 

The first team that will play a Super Bowl in their home stadium, the Buccaneers are also just the fourth wild-card team since 1990 to advance to the Super Bowl. The previous three teams (the 2005 Steelers, 2007 Giants and 2010 Packers) went onto win the Super Bowl. After a 7-5 start, the Buccaneers have won seven straight games since their Week 13 bye. Tampa Bay won its final four regular season games before recording playoff road wins in Washington, New Orleans and Green Bay. 

Tampa Bay’s offense has been led by Brady, who at age 43 is showing no signs of slowing down. In his first three playoff games as a Buccaneer, Brady threw seven touchdowns and three interceptions while becoming the franchise’s career leading in postseason touchdown passes. In Sunday’s 31-26 win over the Packers, Brady threw touchdown passes to Mike Evans, Scott Miller, and tight end Cameron Brate. Brady also completed a 52-yard bomb to Chris Godwin, who caught a team-high five passes for 110 yards. Leonard Fournette contributed with 74 all-purpose yards that included his eye-popping 20-yard touchdown run. The Buccaneers’ underrated offensive line includes 2020 first-round pick Tristan Wirfs, who has started in each of his first 20 NFL games

The Buccaneers boast a defense that finished eighth in the NFL in points allowed during the regular season. The unit is led by Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, linebackers Shaquil BarrettLavonte David and Devin White, and rookie free safety Antoine Winfield Jr. Barrett and Pierre-Paul had a combined five sacks of Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, while White’s 15 tackles paced both teams. Winfield, who missed Sunday’s game with an injury, forced a critical fumble of Saints tight end Jared Cook during Tampa Bay’s divisional round win over New Orleans. 

Here’s a look at the rest of the Buccaneers’ starting lineup, along with several key reserves who have made an impact this season:

Offensive starters 

QB: Tom Brady 

RB: Ronald Jones 

WR: Mike Evans 

WR: Chris Godwin 

TE: Rob Gronkowski 

LT: Donovan Smith 

LG: Ali Marpet 

C: Ryan Jensen 

RG: Aaron Stinnie 

RT: Tristan Wirfs 

Defensive starters 

DE: Ndamukong Suh

NT: Rakeem Nunez-Roches 

DE: William Gholston 

OLB: Jason Pierre-Paul 

ILB: Devin White 

ILB: Lavonte David 

OLB: Shaquil Barrett 

CB: Carlton Davis 

CB: Jamel Dean 

SS: Jordan Whitehead 

FS: Antoine Winfield Jr. 

Specialists 

K: Ryan Succop 

P: Bradley Pinion 

KR/PR: Jaydon Mickens 

Key reserves 

RB: Leonard Fournette 

WR: Antonio Brown 

WR: Scott Miller 

WR: Tyler Johnson 

TE: Cameron Brate

OT: Joe Haeg 

DT: Vita Vea 

CB: Sean Murphy-Bunting

FS: Mike Edwards 

DT: Steve McLendon 

OLB: Anthony Nelson 

CB: Ross Cockrell 





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