NFL Playoffs to feature Newberry alumni for third straight season

NFL Playoffs to feature Newberry alumni for third straight season
Sunday, December 27, 2015 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

NEW YORK CITY - Based on results from around the National Football League on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings have clinched berths in the NFL Playoffs. As such, Newberry College alumni will be on NFL Playoff active rosters for the third straight year.

Safety Ron Parker has started every game for Kansas City and will make his second career NFL Playoff appearance. The Chiefs were edged in the opening round of the 2013-14 playoffs by Indianapolis, with Parker making one special teams tackle in the game. 

Kansas City clinched their playoff berth with a 17-13 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, with Parker making a team-high seven tackles with a tackle for loss. Parker is the Chiefs' second-leading tackler for the year with 72 tackles and has made 30 starts in the last two seasons. AFC playoff seedings are not locked in, but the Chiefs are on a nine-game winning streak with a 10-5 record and host Oakland on January 3, with a chance at the AFC West title still in their sights.

Linebacker Edmond Robinson has consistently worked his way up the Minnesota Vikings' depth chart and has been a starter at strong side linebacker for the past three games. Minnesota earned their postseason slot with a 49-17 rout over the New York Giants.

Robinson has made 10 tackles in his rookie season, with five in the win over the Giants. The Vikings and Green Bay Packers each have 10-5 records and will now play for the NFC North title at Lambeau Field next Sunday with both teams already advancing to the postseason.

Previous NFL Playoff Appearances by Newberry Alumni

2013 season
Ron Parker - Kansas City Chiefs - AFC 5th Seed
Wild Card Round - Loss 44-45 at Indianapolis

2014 season
Brandon Bostick - Green Bay Packers - NFC 2nd Seed
Divisional Round - Win 26-21 vs. Dallas
NFC Championship - Loss 22-28 (OT) at Seattle