Canadians Michael Hoecht, Alaric Jackson win Super Bowl LVI with Los Angeles Rams

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Canadians Michael Hoecht and Alaric Jackson are world champions after helping the Los Angeles Rams defeat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.

The Rams trailed the Bengals by a score of 20-16 heading into the fourth quarter when Matthew Stafford led a penalty-aided drive that ended in a one-yard touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp. Cincinnati was unable to respond on the ensuing drive, which ended in a turnover on downs as Joe Burrow faced pressure from Aaron Donald.

Hoecht and Jackson are now on a list of 26 Canadians ever to play in the Super Bowl and among an even more exclusive group of 14 Canadians who have won the game.

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Born in Oakville, Ont., Hoecht was raised primarily in Oakwood, Ohio but played one year of high school football in each of Ottawa and Toronto, respectively. The 24-year-old defensive lineman signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2020 after an outstanding career at Brown University, spending his rookie season on the practice squad.

Hoecht earned an active roster spot in 2021, figuring into a defensive line rotation that includes the likes of future Hall of Famers Aaron Donald and Von Miller. He has dressed in every game this season, making five tackles in the regular season and adding two more against the Arizona Cardinals in the postseason.

The athletic defensive lineman was drafted in the second round, 10th overall by the Ottawa Redblacks in the 2020 CFL Draft. As such, he will have to sign with the team if he ever chooses to play north of the border.

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Jackson came to the Rams in 2021 as an undrafted free agent, despite starting all 42 games he played at left tackle during an outstanding career at the University of Iowa. He immediately made the 53-man roster out of training camp and has served as the team’s emergency lineman, dressing for five games, including the NFC Championship.

The native of Windsor, Ont. moved across the river to Detroit in high school and was drafted 15th overall in the second round of the 2021 CFL Draft by the B.C. Lions.

The pair have increased the numbers of Canadians that have hoisted the Vince Lombardi trophy in the past three seasons to five, joining an exclusive list that includes former Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive linemen Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Ryan Hunter, as well as former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ tight end Antony Auclair.