Williamson County alums fall just short of Super Bowl

Lucas Patrick

Three Williamson County alums came within one game of playing for a Super Bowl.

Green Bay Packers guard Lucas Patrick (Brentwood), along with Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox (Brentwood Academy) and linebacker Tyrel Dodson (Centennial) each fell short in their conference championship games on Sunday.

A former Bruin, Patrick has worked his way to be the starting right guard for the Green Bay Packers, who have run one of the most proficient offenses in the NFL this past season. Earning a starting job is no small feat for an undrafted player such as Patrick.

“I never know when I'm going to get this opportunity again,” Patrick told the Packers’ official website prior to Sunday’s game. “You never know when you're going to be a consistent starter again, so I'm not going to leave any stone unturned."

"He's got such a good head on his shoulders," quarterback Aaron Rodgers added. "It's fun to see him develop as a super reliable guy. He was always a guy you felt pretty good about plugging in there. You knew the effort was always going to be there. You knew the finish was going to be there."

Patrick came into the NFL in 2016 out of Duke — also the current home of former Ravenwood standout Graham Barton — and has worked his way to a starting role with one of the NFL's premiere organizations. 

Patrick signed a two-year extension with Green Bay last December, leaving him set to hold down his spot in 2021 while making roughly $1.5 million against the cap to do so (per Spotrac).

The Packers fell 31-26 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game Sunday at Lambeau Field. Patrick just missed out on becoming the second Williamson County alum to play for Green Bay in a Super Bowl. The only player to do so is retired NFL vet Scott Wells, a Brentwood Academy alum and former Packers’ center.

The Bills were red-hot after years of playoff stagnation and made their first AFC Championship game since 1993.

Knox, who was a third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, had become one of quarterback Josh Allen's options at the tight end position. He had 288 yards this season on 24 catches and three touchdowns and added six receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 38-24 AFC Championship loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

As for Dodson, he's been sporadically used by Buffalo in a rotational role since signing with the franchise as an undrafted free agent in 2019. His 2020 highlight came against the hometown Tennessee Titans, when he racked up six of his 18 tackles. Dodson wasn’t much of a factor in Sunday’s game.

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