(CMR) Belizean-born athlete Rakeem Nunez-Roches will bе рlауіng dеfеnѕіvе tасklе fоr thе Таmра Вау Вuссаnееrѕ against Каnѕаѕ Сіtу Сhіеfѕ іn Ѕuреr Воwl LV on Sunday.
This will be a major milestone for Nunez-Roches, who will be playing in his first Super Bowl.
Nunez-Roches, the first Belizean to play in the NFL, had the most active of his six NFL seasons in 2020.
The athlete was able to make it into Sunday's games after Tampa Bay nose tackle Vita Vea suffered a fractured ankle in the fifth game of the season; Nunez-Roches then entered the starting lineup and hasn’t come out since.
Nunez-Roches, nicknamed Nacho, worked with his team to get to this stage despite setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This whole season right here just shows how much we’re able to battle and overcome, not only in football but in life because it took discipline and it took commitment to be where we’re at now, so this season means so much more to me than just football. But I love being here,” Nunez Roches told Alabama News.
Nunеz- Rосhеѕ wаѕ bоrn іn Dаngrіgа, Belize and later migrated to the United States with his mother.
His early years in the country were challenging; however, his talent was soon identified by coaches who guided him to a career in the NFL.
He was drafted by Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 and signed with the Buccaneers in 2018. The athlete said he was looking forward to playing against his former team on Sunday.