From Northeast Ohio to Tampa: How local stars are once again in the Super Bowl spotlight

Clark, Hitchens and Kelce all key players for Chiefs

From Northeast Ohio to Tampa: How local stars are once again in the Super Bowl spotlight
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Long before Frank Clark became a star for the Chiefs, he was a star at Glenville, and he remembers how people used to root against powerhouses back then.

”I found that out just watching other teams at the top,” Clark said during a zoom meeting. “Just growing up as a kid, you watch other teams at the top and you watch how bad everyone talks about them, how bad everyone wants them to lose. That’s just the nature of the game.”

Now Clark and the Chiefs are in that position, as they battle the Tampa Bay Bucs for their second straight Super Bowl title, although ... let’s be real: who really wants Tom Brady to beat Patrick Mahomes?

Anthony Hitchens, a Lorain native and former Clearview star, remembers his first impressions of Mahomes when Hitchens joined the Chiefs in 2018.

“I’ve just never been around so much hype,” Hitchens said. “So I’m like ‘I’ve gotta see this again’, and he did it every single day in camp. Unbelievable throws. Losing 20 yards, throwing for 50 or 60. Yeah, that was a ‘wow’ moment. This kid is legit.”

Travis Kelce, the Cleveland Heights grad, is legit as well. And could finally one-up his older brother Jason (Super Bowl champion with the Eagles) if he wins a second Super Bowl ring.

“Wooo!” Kelce said. “You know those braggin’ rights at the dinner table are everything, man. And I’ll tell you what. I didn’t have too many of those braggin’ rights growing up. Obviously it worked out for the better, but this one might take the cake.”

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