Mychal Kendricks, Former Golden Bear, and the Philadelphia Eagles Win the Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 02: Mychal Kendricks
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 02: Mychal Kendricks /

Former Golden Bear Mychal Kendricks is among the people getting a Super Bowl ring this year after the Eagles beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

The Philadelphia Eagles squared off with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, with Eagles chasing their first Super Bowl victory while Tom Brady and his dynastic team chased their third in four years, and sixth in 17 seasons. The Eagles prevailed in a shootout, beating the favored Patriots 41-33 in a thrilling contest, and former Cal Golden Bear Mychal Kendricks earned his first Super Bowl ring in the process.

The linebacker was drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2012 draft following a stellar four-year career at Cal. In college, Kendricks racked up 259 tackles, 36.5 for loss, with 13.5 sacks, four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), and five fumble recoveries. He was named the Pac-12’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2011 (the last Cal player to earn the honor), and was also a second-team All-American.

This season, Kendricks recorded 73 tackles with two sacks, four tackles for loss, and six pass defenses. In his six-year career, Kendricks has 454 tackles, 40 for loss,14 sacks, six forced fumbles, five fumbles recovered, three interceptions, and 27 pass defenses to his record.

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Cal has had at least one representative playing in the Super Bowl in 17 of the last 18 renditions of the game. Running back C.J. Anderson, who was Kendricks’ teammate at Cal in 2011 (his first of two years with the Golden Bears), was the last to be a part of the victorious side. He ran for 90 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries when the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers (coached by Cal alum Ron Rivera) in Super Bowl 50 in 2016. Kendricks was the only former Bear on either team’s active roster in this year’s Super Bowl.

On the Eagles’ practice squad, another former Bear should get a ring for his contributions. Bryce Treggs was with the Eagles during the 2016 season, making three catches for 80 yards in nine games. He started this season with the Cleveland Browns, making five grabs for 79 yards in six games before he was waived. He re-signed with the Eagles on December 14th, and spent the balance of the season on Philadelphia’s practice squad.

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Congratulations to Mychal Kendricks, Bryce Treggs, and the entire Philadelphia Eagles’ organization on their first Super Bowl victory!