Chiefs’ Florida players come up short in Super Bowl 55

Robinson High’s Byron Pringle made a few positive plays, but a pair of former Gators struggled against the Bucs.
Robinson High alumnus Byron Pringle made several key special-teams plays in his homecoming for the Chiefs.
Robinson High alumnus Byron Pringle made several key special-teams plays in his homecoming for the Chiefs. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Feb. 8, 2021|Updated Feb. 8, 2021

TAMPA —Three Chiefs making trips to their home state had unfortunate homecomings.

Byron Pringle — a Robinson High alumnus — caught a 3-yard pass on Kansas City’s first play from scrimmage. It was only his sixth catch of the playoffs and 19th of the season.

Related: Chiefs receiver Byron Pringle smiling all the way back to his hometown

Pringle — one of the top special-teams players in last year’s Super Bowl — ripped off a 41-yard kickoff return and stuffed out a punt return with a key tackle (that was negated by one of Kansas City’s eight first-half penalties). He had a shot at a diving touchdown in the fourth quarter but couldn’t make a circus catch on third down.

Punter Tommy Townsend had a much rougher night. The Orlando native and former Gator had his first punt bounce into the end zone for a touchback and shanked his third for only 27 yards.

Maybe Townsend was rusty; he had punted only once in Kansas City’s first two playoff games.

Kansas City’s other former Florida standout, receiver Demarcus Robinson, had a would-be touchdown hit his hands in the fourth quarter. He finished with one catch for 11 yards.

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