By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

Jaydon Mickens had a 29 yard opening kickoff of the NFC championship game. 

Mickens, is a former Dorsey high standout played collegiately at Washington from 2012-15 under Steve Sarkisian.

The 26 year-old returned seven kickoffs and punts against Green Bay. 

Mickens came into the league 2016 as an undrafted free agent and previously played for The Raiders, Jacksonville and Carolina before settling in with the Bucs returning punts and kick-offs.

He’s had seven catches for 58 yards with a 8.3yard average per reception. 

He was waived in July and resigned by the Bucs August 30 and placed on the practice squad. he was re activated and placed on the roster December 30.Since then he’s been a season-long presence for the Bucs, returning kickoffs and punts. 

Mickens will be part of the first team in league history to play a Super Bowl in its own stadium, with the pro football championship coming on Sunday, Feb. 7, to Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. 

At 43 Tom Brady will become the oldest player at any position to play in the big game. “When you practice and play with Tom Brady you just want to be better,” said Mickens.