Among the stars highlighted in this year’s Super Bowl, featuring the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, is former Cal linebacker and one of its greatest defensive players of this decade, linebacker Mychal Kendricks.
In one of the more impressive all-around games in recent NFL playoff history, the Eagles ran away from the favored Minnesota Vikings, 38-7, to advance to their first Super Bowl since 2004.
Leading Philadelphia’s defense was Kendricks, whose team-high eight tackles in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game sent an early message to his Super Bowl 52 opponents that the underdog Eagles will not be defeated easily.
In his senior year with the Bears in 2011, Kendricks was named Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and recorded 107 tackles, building a name for himself that was ultimately called in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by Philadelphia.
In six seasons with the birds, Kendricks has racked up 14 sacks and 459 total tackles.
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