Former University of Florida Gators star and Venice High standout Trey Burton didn’t just win the Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
He helped produce a key touchdown late in the first half, giving the Eagles a 10-point lead en route to a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
The score saw Burton, a tight end, going back to his roots.
The Eagles called a direct snap to rookie running back Corey Clement, who pitched the ball to Burton on a reverse.
Burton, who lit up the Florida high school scene as a quarterback, threw a touchdown pass to quarterback Nick Foles, who started the play along the right side of the line and went unnoticed as he delayed his route for the 1-yard touchdown catch.
The play also happened on fourth down.
While he was a freshman at UF, Burton gained national attention for setting a Gators record with six touchdowns – five rushing and one receiving – against Kentucky in 2010.
However, he transitioned into a tight end and wide receiver later in his college career.
With the victory, Burton became the first player from the 941 area – Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties – to earn a Super Bowl ring since Sarasota Riverview’s David Baas won with the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.