Tampa Bay area grad Trey Burton becomes Super Bowl hero

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Trey Burton (88), warms up before the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tampa Bay area residents have their own Super Bowl hero to celebrate.

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Trey Burton is a graduate of Venice High School. Sports Illustrated called him ‘Super Bowl 52’s Most Unlikely Hero’ just a few days before the big game. It turns out Burton tossed a game-changing pass Sunday night.

In a trick play, Burton threw to quarterback Nick Foles with 38 seconds remaining in the first half.

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Burton was a quarterback at Venice High School, where he threw for 1,876 yards, 18 TDs and 1 INT and rushed for 821 yards and 22 TDs, earning FSWA 5A All-State First-Team honors, according to the Eagles.

He played a handful of positions during his college career at the University of Florida, breaking Tim Tebow’s team record for touchdowns in a single game with six in 2010. 

Burton signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

Burton, 26, is married and has three children.

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