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Bucaneers' Rakeem Nunez-Roches eager to face former team in Super Bowl LV

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Posted at 6:31 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 19:31:38-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches said he is ready to take the field Sunday against his former Kansas City team.

“It’s fun, it’s a great thing, you know, I was there before and just being able to be in this situation and go against them is just a dream come true," said Nunez-Roches.

Chiefs fans may remember Nunez-Roches by the nickname, Nacho. He was drafted by the Chiefs in 2015 and released from the team in 2018.

Thursday, Nunez-Roches said one of his closest teammates was Chris Jones.

“It’s great, you know, unfortunately we don’t keep in communication that often anymore," Jones said.

This week communication between the two is especially lacking as Super Bowl week is somewhat of a love-hate relationship.

“Nah, not right now. They’re the enemy," Nunez-Roches said.

A little trash talk between the two happened Thursday during their individual press conferences.

“Nacho taught me a lot while he was here, especially his work ethic. It’s always good to go against guys that you’ve previously played with and kick their butts," Jones said.

Nunez-Roches isn't the only former Chiefs player on the other sideline.

Bucs kicker Ryan Succop also had a stint in Kansas City. Running back LeSean McCoy was technically a "healthy inactive" for the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.