Sam Darnold and 8 former NY Jets in Super Bowl LVIII

Which former Jets are in the Super Bowl today?
Former NY Jets quarterback Sam Darnold
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6. Izaiah Gathings, TE, Chiefs

Izaiah Gathings had a blinck-and-you'll-miss-it stint with the Jets over the summer. The Jets signed the Middle Tennessee State product to a contract following a successful tryout at the team's rookie minicamp in May.

Gathings would remain with the team until July when he was waived. The Chiefs signed him a few days later, and he's spent the entirety of the season on Kansas City's practice squad. He won't be participating in today's game, but he's technically under contract.

5. Trey Dean, S, Chiefs

Gathings is one of three current members of the Chiefs practice squad who were previously with the Jets. He's also one of two 2023 undrafted rookies, along with safety Trey Dean.

Dean was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent following the 2023 NFL Draft, and following an impressive summer, he earned a spot on the team's practice squad. After spending the entire year on the Jets' practice squad, Dean's contract expired and he signed on with Kansas City last month.

The Jets actually offered Dean a reserve/futures contract, but the Florida product opted to join the Chiefs instead. He has yet to appear in a game for the Chiefs and will not be playing in the Super Bowl.

4. Mike Pennel, DT, Chiefs

10-year NFL veteran Mike Pennel is the third and final former Jets player on the Chiefs' practice squad, but unlike Gathings and Dean, he will be playing in the Super Bowl. Pennel is the only practice squad player the Chiefs elevated to play in the Big Game.

Pennel spent two years with the Jets from 2017-2018, serving a key role as a rotational nose tackle. He only appeared in three regular-season games for the Chiefs this year but has been elevated for every postseason game.

He's looking for his second Super Bowl ring after previously winning one with the Chiefs in 2019.