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BYU Alums in the NFL Playoffs

Several former BYU Cougars are heading to the playoffs for their respective NFL teams, seeking that elusive Super Bowl ring.

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Sorensen, S, Kansas City Chiefs

Next Game: Bye

The Kansas City Chiefs finished the regular season 14-2 and earned the No. 1 seed in the AFC. They await there next opponent that comes from the Wild Card round this weekend. Sorensen turned in perhaps his best of seven years as a pro. He set a new career high with 91 tackles and tied his highest career mark with three interceptions and added a pick six. He has become one of the leaders on a stout Kansas City defense that is looking for their second consecutive Super Bowl title.

Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints

Next Game: Sunday vs. Chicago Bears, 4:40 p.m.

Though Hill is no longer the starting quarterback, he still may play a role in helping the Saints get to the Super Bowl. In last year’s playoffs, he totaled 75 yards from scrimmage and a receiving touchdown in one postseason game last year. This year was the most involved Hill has been in Sean Payton’s offense in New Orleans. Hill had his best year as a pro in 2020, with career highs in rushing yards (457), yards from scrimmage (555) and nine total touchdowns (9). We haven’t heard the last of Hill making an impact for the Saints this season.

Sione Takitaki, LB, Cleveland Browns

Next Game: Sunday @ Steelers, 8:15 p.m. EST

The Browns snuck into the playoffs with a Week 17 over Pittsburgh but must face the Steelers once again in the Wild Card Round. Takitaki was a big contributor for the Browns during the regular season, setting career highs in tackles (67) and earning his first career sack and interception, which he took to the house. He will be called upon to try and stop a talented Steelers offense once again if the Browns are to win their first playoff game in over two decades.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers

Next game: Bye

Like Sorensen and the Saints, the Packers along with Jamaal Williams earned the best record in their conference and a first round bye. BYU’s all-time leading rusher was a big contributor to Green Bay’s success, with the most rushing yards since his rookie year of 2017 with 714 yards from scrimmage total. He started three games in the absence of Aaron Jones as well. Williams will likely have several key moments this postseason if the Packers are to win the Super Bowl.