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Nick Allegretti is headed back to the Super Bowl

Illinois will have one of their own starting along the offensive line in the Super Bowl.

Kansas City Chiefs v Buffalo Bills Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs are onto the Super Bowl! Congratulations to our beloved Illini alums on the Chiefs on this tremendous accomplishment.

Buffalo Bills

Del’Shawn Phillips, linebacker: Unfortunately for Phillips, he was put on the Injured Reserve list for the second time this season. Per league rules, that means his season was officially over as of Week 10. He played in two games for the Bills in 2020, totaling 14 combined snaps on special teams in Weeks 1 and 9.

He’s still listed on the Bills’ official website as a member of their inactive/injured list roster. The Bills had an incredible season, winning the AFC East. Hopefully Phillips recovers quickly this offseason and has a chance to make the team again in 2021.

Kansas City Chiefs:

The Chiefs were down 9-0 early, only to take the lead without ever looking back.

Nick Allegretti, guard: Allegretti started and played every single offensive snap for the Chiefs at left guard. He had arguably his best game as a pro in the AFC Championship versus Buffalo, and CBS color commentator was quick to take notice on Clyde Edwards Helaire’s second quarter touchdown run:

Greg Lewis, wide receivers coach: An 8-year NFL vet (6 with the Philadelphia Eagles, 2 with the Minnesota Vikings) Greg Lewis has been the wide receivers coach for the Chiefs for the last four years now. He was a former walk-on at Illinois and played four seasons from 1999-2002, overlapping some with current AD Josh Whitman. Shoutout to Lewis and the Chiefs organization for reaching their second straight Super Bowl.