Rex Burkhead is now a Super Bowl champion.

The former Husker running back helped New England win the title Sunday as the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 13-3.

This is the third straight year a former Husker has been on the active roster of a Super Bowl winner. Nebraska also has a streak dating to 1993 of at least one former player on the roster — including active, practice squad or injured reserve — of either team playing in the championship.

Burkhead recorded seven carries for 43 yards in the Super Bowl. His longest carry was for 26 yards. He also had 2 receptions that totaled 15 yards.

Burkhead — who grew up in Plano, Texas — played at Nebraska from 2009-12. He ran for 3,329 yards and 30 touchdowns during his Husker career. A first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2011, Burkhead finished among the top five rushers in Nebraska history.

Burkhead just completed his sixth NFL season after getting selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2013 draft. This was his second year in New England, as he also played in the Super Bowl last year.

There were several other local connections on the losing end of this year's Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Rams have former Husker Ndamukong Suh on the roster, plus two other Nebraska natives — Greg Zuerlein (Lincoln Pius X) and Matt Longacre (Millard West). Plus, former Husker Zac Taylor is the teams' quarterbacks coach.

Zuerlein kicked a 53-yard field goal that tied the game 3-3 in the second quarter, but he later missed a 48-yard one in the fourth. He also had one solo tackle. Suh recorded one solo and one assisted tackle, and Longacre recorded no stats.

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