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We join in congratulating Belizean-born Defensive Tackle (# 56) Rakeem Nuñez-Roches of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he wins his first Super Bowl Championship ring. Roches was born in Dangriga Town, Stann Creek in southern Belize and later moved to the United States at an early age.

The 27 year old was part of the defensive line that smothered quarterback Patrick Mahomes and led the Bucs to a 31-9 victory.

Congratulations Rakeem & the Tampa Bay Bucs!

Picture Attribution: Super Bowl LV; buccaneers.com

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Rakeem Nunez Roches became the first Garifuna Belizean American to win a Super Bowl Championship

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From the time the Garifuna and Belizean people heard that Rakeem Nunez Roches’ team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were going to play in Super Bowl-LV (55), Garifuna and Belizean Americans were all excited to see this game, and they were glued to their televisions yesterday. I started watching the game from the beginning and the way Tampa Bay was playing, I got the feeling that they were going to win the game. Their offensive and defensive game were in full force and they played like hungry lions.

When Rakeem Roches Nunez first came into the NFL he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 and played for them up until 2017. After two years with that team, they traded him to the Indianapolis Colts who then traded him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he has played since. He was given the opportunity to play against his old team the Kansas City Chiefs, which from my own experience playing football (soccer) was emotional stress. When a player joins a team, they all become members of one family. They must look out for each other to develop that team spirit in order to win. Anything that happens to one player affects all the players and staff of the team. Most players did not win games and championships because they were not outstanding players in their sports. Many of them gave their games all they could have possibly given but still lost some of the games.

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