Catholic school alums part of Super Bowl LI

Thursday, February 09, 2017 - Updated: 12:00 pm
By Matthew Davis Catholic News Service

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minneapolis and St. Paul Catholic schools had their share of representation at Super Bowl LI in Houston Feb. 5.

New England Patriots wide receiver and St. Paul native Michael Floyd, who attended Cretin-Derham Hall for high school in St. Paul, became the third alumnus of the school to be on an NFL team that has won the Lombardi Trophy.

Floyd didn’t make the game-day lineup, but he nonetheless will get a Super Bowl ring as the Patriots rallied from a 28-3 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime.

Minneapolis native and Falcons defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman, who attended Our Lady of Peace in Minneapolis for middle school, had two tackles in the game. Hageman received fan support from Our Lady of Peace during the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

Students held signs Feb. 1 in support of Hageman, and the photo went on the school’s Facebook page.

“Wow that’s crazy,” Hageman said on Facebook. “So many memories at OLP! Thanks for the love.”

Floyd played for the Arizona Cardinals until his Dec. 14 release, then joined the Patriots.

After Cretin-Derham Hall, Floyd continued his gridiron career at the University of Notre Dame and then with the Cardinals as a first-round draft pick in 2012. His time in Arizona ended abruptly this fall after he got a DUI arrest Dec. 12.

Following his Dec. 14 release from the Cardinals, New England picked him up off waivers Dec. 15, and he contributed in a couple of games. He had 37 catches and five touchdowns this season.

Hageman, who played at Minneapolis Washburn and at the University of Minnesota, had off-field issues in 2016, too, when he faced domestic violence charges in March.

Hageman, a third-year lineman and second-round draft pick, tallied 18 tackles and two sacks in 12 regular-season games for the Falcons.

Floyd joins center Matt Birk of the 2012 Ravens and offensive tackle Ryan Harris of the 2015 Broncos as the Cretin-Derham Hall players to win Super Bowls.

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