A first-year defensive back from Louisiana Tech, Sneed quickly became an impactful player in Steve Spagnuolo’s defense. Sneed will get the chance to end his rookie season by facing NFL legend Tom Brady, the Buccaneers’ starting quarterback.
Here is everything you need to know about Sneed, a ball-hawking defender who is eager to ‘kill’ his opponents.
L’Jarius Sneed shined at Louisiana Tech
Add L’Jarius Sneed to the list of impactful players on the Kansas City Chiefs who didn’t play football for a Power 5 program.
Sneed, who stands 6 feet and weighs 192 pounds, instead played at Louisiana Tech in Conference USA. Originally a cornerback who later moved to safety, Sneed totaled eight interceptions and broke up 28 passes in four years with the Bulldogs.
Sneed earned second-team All-CUSA honors as a senior in 2019.
Sneed has played very well for the Chiefs
Sneed stuffed the stat sheet as a rookie, picking off three passes and breaking up another seven in nine games and six starts. The first-year defensive back ended his rookie season with 41 tackles and two sacks while averaging 46 snaps per game.
Although Sneed missed time midway through the season with a fractured collarbone, he has started four of the Chiefs’ last five games dating back to Week 15.
Sneed added two sacks and three tackles for loss in his first two playoff games.
L’Jarius Sneed is ready to ‘kill’ his opponents
L’Jarius Sneed is ready to take the NFL by storm, and Super Bowl 55 presents a perfect opportunity for the world to know his name.
In a recent interview with FanSided, Sneed didn’t mince words about his mentality when it comes to opponents.
“Kill ’em,” Sneed said. “That’s what I want to do. Kill ’em.”
In that same interview, Sneed credited All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu for taking the rookie under his wing.
“He helped me out a lot. I look up to him like a big brother. As I came in, he gave me the ropes, the ins and outs. I like the energy he plays with. I know everybody else on the defense loves that too. I love how he loves the game.”
Sneed is expected to spend most of Super Bowl 55 covering Buccaneers receivers Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin. Godwin totaled eight catches for 97 yards against the Chiefs in the Buccaneers’ 27-24 loss on November 29.
Kansas City held Brown to two catches for 11 yards on three targets.
“We’re the underdogs, we know who we are as a group,” Sneed said of the Chiefs, who are looking to win their second straight Super Bowl. “We all know if we play together, we can’t be stopped.”