Super Bowl 55: 5 Chiefs, Bucs players SF 49ers fans can root for

The Kansas City Chiefs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Rob Gronkowski #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempts to break a tackle from Tyrann Mathieu #32 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

SF 49ers fans may have a difficult time finding a team to root for in Super Bowl 55, but rooting for these individual players isn’t a bad thing.

If you’re an SF 49ers fan (and chances you are if you’re reading this), you might be challenged to pick a team to root for in Super Bowl 55 this Sunday.

It would make sense why you wouldn’t want to see the Kansas City Chiefs win, at least not after what happened a year ago last February when KC pulled off that now-infamous come-from-behind win over the Niners in what could be one of the most painful defeats in San Francisco history.

At the same time, though, SF 49ers fans probably fall in line with a good chunk of the rest of the league not wanting to see Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady come away with yet another Lombardi Trophy. That storyline has been played out too many times, right? And even though Brady is doing it somewhere else than with the New England Patriots, it’s old news.

Rooting against Brady or Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is one thing. And it might be hard to pull for one team over the other, at least for Niners fans.

But at least these five Super Bowl 55 participants could receive some rooting interest.

No. 5: Buccaneers Tight End Rob Gronkowski

Sure, Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski parallels Brady as having won a lot of Super Bowls. But while many an NFL fan out there has grown to dislike the future Hall of Fame quarterback after initially appreciating his underdog story (and there are plenty of reasons why), it’s almost impossible to hate on Gronk.

Gronkowski has his quirks, and those are many. But the whole “Gronk Smash” mantra certainly fits him. And in some ways, his outgoing personality isn’t totally unlike that of the SF 49ers’ own tight end, George Kittle.

If for nothing else, it would make a great storyline to see Gronk and Kittle in the wrestling ring. They’re both huge fans of WWE, in case you didn’t know.

At any rate, Gronkowski never ceases to provide some sort of entertainment value. So while you don’t have to necessarily be a huge fan of his, you probably won’t want to turn away when he’s got the ball in his hands.