A Belizean is going to play on the biggest sporting stage in the world. Dangriga born Rakeem Nunez Roches - a defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - is a big part of the Buc's success with their playoff leading defence.
Last night, the Bucs, led by legendary quarterback, Tom Brady won the NFC Championship over the Green Bay Packers, 31 to 26. That earned the team a spot in Superbowl LV (55), which - by mere coincidence - will be played on their home field at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. It's the first time in history a team will play the Super Bowl on their home turf - and that should give Rakeem's team a big edge as they face the defending champ, the Kansas City Chiefs 13 days from now.
It's going to be an interesting game for the 27 year old Rakeem since Kansas City is the team that drafted him 5 years ago. At the time, here is what he said about his relationship to Belize:
According to online reports, Rakeem left Belize for the United States with his mother when he was just 8 years old. The 6-2 307 pounder okayed college football at Southern Mississippi University and was drafted 217th in 2015. He was cut by the Kansas City Chief in 2018, and then picked up by the Bus with home he has earned a starting spot on their defensive line. We'll keep following his his historic journey to the Superbowl.