Andrew Norwell playing for Anderson High School (left), Luke Kuechly playing for St. Xavier High School (right), [Photos: FOX19 NOW/file]
Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) directs the team against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
Carolina Panthers' Andrew Norwell (68) and Byron Bell (77) team up to keep the Cleveland Brown's defense at bay during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. The Panthers won 17-13. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Luke Kuechly in high school (Photo: FOX19 NOW/file)
Andrew Norwell in high school (Photo: FOX19 NOW/file)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Two Cincinnati football products will heading to Santa Clara, California next month for a chance to win a Super Bowl.
St. Xavier graduate and Evendale native Luke Kuechly and Anderson graduate Andrew Norwell will attempt to help their Carolina Panthers beat Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7.
As a junior in 2007, Kuechly, a linebacker, had 147 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions, and a touchdown. He helped the Bombers go 15-0, winning the Division I state title.
As a senior in 2008 he had 130 tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. He also earned first-team All Greater Catholic League honors his senior year.
Kuechly went on to star for Boston College, and was recognized twice as a consensus All-American. During the 2011 season, he led the nation with 191 tackles (102 solo) and went on to win the Butkus Award, Lombardi Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
In only three seasons of play for the Eagles, he set the BC and ACC career tackle records with 532 tackles
Kuechly was drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the ninth-overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
During his rookie season, he led the NFL in tackles and won the Associated Press 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award, becoming the third youngest recipient of this award in NFL history. In 2013, Kuechly became the youngest recipient of the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in NFL history.
Kuechly had eight tackles, an interception and a touchdown in the Panthers 49-15 rout of the Arizona Cardinals.
Norwell, an offensive guard, was four-star recruit by Rivals.com and the 59th best player in the country while he was playing for the Redskins.
He was a three-time all-Big Ten Conference offensive linemen for Ohio State University.
Norwell went undrafted in 2014, but signed with Carolina in 2014. He's started in 22 games for the Panthers.