Former Nebraska standout Rex Burkhead will play in his first Super Bowl this Sunday when the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. It is a return to the Midwest for Burkhead, who was a first-team All-Big Ten running back in 2011.
“The Midwest area has that blue collar, hard working mentality”, said Burkhead. “Coming from Lincoln and being here now you kind of see the similarities, for sure.”
Burkhead spent his first four years in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals before signing with the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent. He has rushed for 264 yards and added 254 yards of receiving while scoring eight touchdowns. The top ranked New England offense must find a way to solve an Eagles defense that ranked fourth in the NFL during the regular season.
“Just matching their intensity and their physicality”, added Burkhead. “They run to the ball very well. You don’t ever see just one guy in on the tackle it is always multiple guys. We are going to have to match that.”
Burkhead finished his Husker career with more than 3300 yards of rushing and 30 touchdowns.