Ocean Lakes alumnus headed to Super Bowl LIV


Sammi Seacrist

A huge fan, teacher Carol Seacrist promotes Derrick Nnadi, who is headed to the Super Bowl, by buying one of his t-shirts online and posting it on Facebook.

Former Ocean Lakes defensive lineman Derrick Nnadi is headed to the Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs where he and his team will face off in an epic battle against the San Francisco 49ers.

The game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 2., airing live on FOX at 6:40 p.m.

Nnadi graduated in 2013 from Ocean Lakes and took his talent down to Florida State, where he played for four years. He was drafted 75th overall in the 2018 NFL draft. He has also been involved in several causes which helped him earn the first NFLPA Community MVP Award of the 2019-2020 season.  In December, he auctioned off his cleats for the NFL’s “My Cause for Cleats” to support the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund, through the United Way of South Hampton Roads.

According to a former teacher, English teacher, Carol Seacrist, he has a foundation established at www.dnnadifoundation.org.

“Yes, he has a foundation. Not only is he a hardworking and humble man, but he is also a DOG lover! His dogs are Rocky and Saint. They even have their own Instagram page. He pays the adoption fee for a dog at the local shelter in Kansas City anytime the Chiefs win. I adore him,” said Seacrist, who just recently bought a t-shirt online that reads “Nnadi by Nature.”  

Hardworking? According to ESPN.com, Nnadi recorded 18 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and an interception to cap off the 2019 regular season.

The starting defensive tackle will become the first Ocean Lakes alumni to reach the Super Bowl.

On Friday, Jan. 31, Dr. Claire LeBlanc invites students and faculty to wear a red shirt for a “Red Out” day to celebrate and support this talented and respected young athlete.