In honor of the Super Bowl being played at U.S. Bank Stadium, I am saluting seven Minnesota natives with ties to the big game, including a receiver who won two rings (Stacy Robinson), a tight end who captured one as a member of the winning team’s practice squad (Marcus Freeman), a lineman who persevered to experience championship greatness (Ryan Harris), a defensive lineman who played in the big game (Ra’Shade Hageman), a receiver who is on the roster of an NFL championship team (Michael Floyd), a linebacker who became champion (Terrell Suggs), and a future Hall of Famer receiver who played well in the big game despite his team coming up short (Larry Fitzgerald Jr.).
Marcus Freeman (Cretin Derham Hall, 2002) played tight end at Notre Dame (2002-2005) before capturing a Super Bowl Ring in 2008 as a member of the New York Giants’ practice squad. He is currently an assistant principal at Ramsey Middle School in St. Paul.
Michael Floyd (Cretin Derham Hall, 2008) had an outstanding career as a receiver for Notre Dame (2008-2011) and the NFL Arizona Cardinals before landing on the roster of the New England Patriots right before they won Super Bowl 51 in 2017. He is currently a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
Ra’Shade Hageman (Minneapolis Washburn, 2009) started at defensive end at the University of Minnesota (2009-2013) before playing for the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 against the New England Patriots in 2017. He is currently a free agent.
Ryan Harris (Cretin Derham Hall, 2003) played offensive lineman at Notre Dame (2003-2006) and a host of NFL teams before winning a championship in Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos in 2016. He retired after spending the following season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Stacy Robinson (St. Paul Central, 1980) starred as wide receiver for North Dakota State University (1981-1984) before winning two Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants in 1987 and 1991. After retiring in 1991, he went on to work for the NFL Players Association. Robinson passed away in 2012.
Terrell Suggs (Hamilton High School, 2000) starred at Arizona State (2000-2002) at defensive end before winning a ring in Super Bowl 47 as a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. Born in St. Paul, he moved to Chandler, Arizona after the eighth grade. He is currently one of the top players in the NFL.
Larry Fitzgerald Jr. (Holy Angels, 2001) starred as a receiver at the University of Pittsburgh (2002-2003) before playing in Super Bowl 43 for the Arizona Cardinals as they went up against the
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Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.