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UCLA Football Alumni in Super Bowl LVI

Feb 11, 2022
From left: Trey Brown, Xavier Su'a Filo, Steven Radicevic, Eric Ball, Brian Callahan

Six former UCLA football players have helped the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams to their spots in Super Bowl LVI, set to be played Sunday, Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

Xavier Su'a Filo is currently a member of Cincinnati's practice squad, while Eric Ball, Trey Brown, Brian Callahan and Steven Radicevic have non-playing roles with the Bengals. Johnathan Franklin has an off-field position with the Rams.

Su'a Filo, who starred for the Bruins in 2009 and then again in 2012 and 2013 after a two-year Mormon mission, was a starter at offensive guard in each of Cincinnati's first two games this season. A knee injury interrupted his season, though, and he was placed on the practice squad last month. This season marks the eighth in the professional career of Su'a Filo, who was a second-round draft pick of the Houston Texans in 2014. He achieved All-America status in each of his final two years at UCLA.

Ball, the Bengals' Director of Player Relations, was the MVP of the 1986 Rose Bowl Game. The then-redshirt freshman racked up 227 yards on the ground and four rushing touchdowns as the Bruins upset Iowa. Ball lettered at UCLA from 1985-88 and was drafted by Cincinnati in 1989. He put together a seven-year NFL career and was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1996.

Brown, a scout on the Bengals' staff, was a four-year starter for the Bruins from 2004-07. He piled up 10 interceptions while at UCLA, including team highs of four in 2006 and five in 2007. Brown was a second-team All-America pick in 2007, capping a career that saw him make 43 starts. His father is all-time great UCLA running back Theotis Brown (1976-78).

2021 Interview with Brown for Bengals.com

Callahan, who broke into the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant coach for his alma mater, is Cincinnati's offensive coordinator. He was a reserve quarterback for the Bruins from 2002-05 before serving as a graduate assistant coach in 2006 and 2007. He is now in his 12th NFL season and third as the Bengals' offensive coordinator. Callahan has also coached professionally with the Oakland Raiders (2018), Detroit Lions (2016, 2017) and Denver Broncos (2010-15).

Radicevic, a teammate of Brown's at UCLA in 2006 and 2007, now works with him as the Bengals' Scouting Director. A defensive lineman, Radicevic joined the Bruins as a transfer from UC Davis in 2006. He redshirted his first season before taking on an undergraduate coaching role in 2007. Radicevic went on to become UCLA's Director of Football Operations for the 2009-2011 seasons before departing for Cincinnati.

Franklin, the UCLA program's career leader in rushing yards (4,403) and all-purpose yards (4,925) from 2009-2012, is the Rams' Director of Social Justice and Football Development. His 2012 season stands as one of the best offensive performances in program history, as he rushed for a single-season-record 1,734 yards and scored 15 touchdowns for the Bruins, who won nine games. Franklin made 45 starts while at UCLA and rushed for 100 or more yards in 19 games. A fourth-round draft pick of Green Bay in 2013, Franklin played in 11 games as a rookie before a neck injury cut his career short. He has since worked for the Packers, the University of Notre Dame and the Rams.