Only one North Dakotan has ever lifted the Lombardi Trophy

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Super Bowl week officially kicks off tomorrow as players and coaches from Philadelphia and New England will field interviews from hundreds of media outlets in Minneapolis.

This year could mark the second time a North Dakotan hoists the National Football League's most prized trophy.

Even though Bismarck native Carson Wentz, who played high school football at Century and college ball at North Dakota State University, won't suit up for the game because of injuries, he played a significant role in getting the Eagles to Pro Football's ultimate game.

He'll raise the Super Bowl trophy along with the rest of his team should Philadelphia win.

Only two North Dakotans born and raised in the state have played in the NFL's marquee game.

Ellendale native Phil Hanson played in three straight Super Bowls for Buffalo in the early 1990s, but the Bills lost all three times.

Mark Slater of Crosby played for Philadelphia in the 1980 Super Bowl, but the Eagles lost that game Oakland.

As a coach, Mandan native Ron Erhardt won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants in 1986 and 1990.

He also coached in losing Super Bowl efforts for New England in 1978 and Pittsburgh in 1996.