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A Texas team might not be playing in the Super Bowl, but there are athletes with Texas ties

It's not just Kansas City Chiefs players Patrick Mahomes and Armani Watts who have ties to Texas, either.
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El quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) de los Chiefs de Kansas City lanza un pase al running back Damien Williams durante la primera mitad de un partido de pretemporada, el sábado 24 de agosto de 2019, en Kansas City, Missouri.(AP Foto/Charlie Riedel)

While Texans were hoping for a stronger Super Bowl connection (*cough* Cowboys *cough), no NFL team from the state made it through.

However, there are a number of players who have called Texas home at some point. And they're not all named Patrick Mahomes either.

Here's a look at some of the players from the two Super LIV teams who have a Texas connection.

San Francisco 49ers

Earl Mitchell, defensive lineman

Mitchell is from the Houston-area, calling Galena Park, Texas, his hometown.

He was drafted by the Texans out of Arizona in the third round of the 2010 draft.

Mitchell announced on Instagram in November he was retiring from football but was re-signed by the 49ers at the end of the regular season to help shore up their defense.

Kyle Nelson, long snapper

Nelson came from a football family and moved around a lot growing up, as his dad moved for work as a coach. 

However, Nelson spent his senior year in China Spring, Texas, where he was a tight end and long snapper.

He was born in Norman, Oklahoma and lived in Canada, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, in addition to Texas, while growing up.

Emmanuel Sanders, wide receiver

Sanders is a veteran pro, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers out of Southern Methodist University in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

He was a three-year starter at SMU and was named to the All-Conference team his last two years.

Sanders has played for a few NFL teams, including being part of the Broncos squad that won Super Bowl 50.

He was traded to the 49ers in October.

Solomon Thomas, defensive lineman

Thomas was born in Chicago and spent much of his childhood in Australia where his father had a position with Procter & Gamble.

He didn't play football until he moved to Coppell, Texas.

At Coppell High School, he was second-team all-state in 2013 and was named second-team all-USA by USA Today as a senior. He also lettered in basketball.

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Jeff Wilson Jr., running back

Wilson is a second-year player who went to the University of North Texas and grew up in Elkhart, Texas.

His father, Jeff, Sr., was a running back for the University of Texas-Arlington when the school still had a football program.

His hometown of Elkhart is about 10 miles from where running back Adrian Peterson grew up, according to Wilson's bio. Wilson and his father regularly attended Peterson's game and Wilson worked to emulate the running back's style.

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2018, Wilson has jumped from practice squad to San Francisco's active roster two years in a row. 

Injured list

Four players on the 49ers injured reserve have Texas connections. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin went to Texas, wide receiver Jalen Hurd went to Baylor, defensive lineman Demontre Moore went to Texas A&M, and defensive back Jason Verrett attended Texas Christian University.

Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes, quarterback

In case you've been living under a rock, Chiefs quarterback Mahomes is a Texas native.

Mahomes was born in Tyler, and is a graduate of Whitehouse High School outside Tyler and went to Texas Tech. 

The Chiefs drafted him 10th overall in the 2017 NFL draft and Mahomes made a splash in a big way his second year in the league. After playing backup to Alex Smith, Mahomes became the starter in his sophomore season and went on to win the NFL MVP award.

Now he's headed to the Super Bowl in his third year. 

RELATED: WATCH: Pat Mahomes lights up the high school gridiron at Whitehouse High School

Armani Watts, safety

The second-year player from Texas A&M is from Forney, Texas. He graduated from North Forney High School before moving on to play for the Aggies.

Watts went drafted by Kansas City in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

RELATED: Texas A&M: Christian Kirk and Armani Watts named First-Team All-SEC

Injured list

At least one player on Kansas City's injured reserve has a Texas connection. Defensive end Alex Okafor went to Texas.

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