Super Bowl LVIIs Local Connections

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Bills fans may be remorseful for their lack of Super Bowl representation, but those in Chautauqua County have two names viable for a ring this year.

We spoke with Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame President Randy Anderson, and he told us that no matter which team wins the Super Bowl this year, Chautauqua County will be represented.

Most notably is Nick Sirianni, a Jamestown native, and now head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

“No matter who wins the Super Bowl, the Eagles or the Chiefs, Chautauqua County is going to be represented,” explained Anderson. “With the Eagles of course head coach Nick Sirianni, Southwestern high school graduate.  Has worked his way up to the NFL coaching ranks and is now probably the coach of the year in the NFL this year so we’re really proud of Nick and what he’s accomplished. Another person from our county who’s going to be a part of the Super Bowl festivities is David Hinson. David Hinson is a graduate of Jamestown high school. He is now the code Director of college scouting for Kansas City Chiefs.

Sirianni is not the first Eagle to represent Chautauqua County.

“Jim McCusker, who many people know as the former proprietor of The Pub, was a part of the Philadelphia Eagles organization as a left tackle,” stated Anderson. “He was on the 1960 World Championship Philadelphia Eagles team, so he’s got a ring. The other guy from our county who played for the Eagles was linebacker Bill Bergey, who played in the 70s. Bill  was a Graduate of Pine Valley Central

So why are there so many professional sports figures coming from our area, well Anderson has an idea.

“I trace it all back to high school athletics in our County,” explained Anderson. “Our county has very strong high school athletic programs, good coaching, I think you put all that together and that’s why kids make it.” 

Later in the month, the group will hold an Induction Banquet for many notable sports figures locally including Nick Sirianni’s brother, Jay Sirianni.

This story has been updated to correct the spelling from David Hanson to Hinson.


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