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
Former NY Jets quarterback Sam Darnold / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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3. La'Mical Perine, RB, Chiefs

A fourth-round pick of the Jets in the 2020 NFL Draft, La'Mical Perine has managed to hang around the NFL as a bottom-of-the-roster running back in Kansas City.

Perine lasted only two seasons with the Jets before he was released as part of final roster cuts in 2022. He briefly spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins before finding a home in Kansas City.

Perine was actually a member of the Chiefs last year, meaning he'll be looking to earn his second Super Bowl ring tonight. He may be a healthy scratch if Jerick McKinnon (groin) is able to play.

2. Mecole Hardman, WR, Chiefs

The most recent member of the Jets was actually with the organization only a few short months ago. The Jets signed Mecole Hardman to a one-year, $4 million contract this past offseason with the promise of an expanded role.

Instead, Hardman played just 28 snaps with the Jets before he was shipped back to Kansas City. The two-time Super Bowl champion hauled in 14 catches for 118 yards in six games with the Chiefs this season, missing time with a thumb injury.

1. Sam Darnold, QB, 49ers

The most notable former Jets player participating in today's game is undoubtedly Sam Darnold. The former No. 3 overall pick spent three years as the Jets' starting quarterback between 2018 and 2020 before the team cut bait and replaced him with Zach Wilson.

Darnold wasn't able to catch on as a starter in Carolina but has settled into a nice role as Brock Purdy's backup in San Francisco. He started the final game of the regular season, completing 16-of-26 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown in a 21-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Darnold may not be expected to play in the Super Bowl, but he's the first member of the 2018 quarterback class to make it to the game. That has to count for something, right?

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