A Walker River Paiute citizen now owns a Super Bowl ring.
Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Austin Corbett helped lead his team to victory Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20.
Corbett, a right guard, was on the field late for the game-winning score. It took a precise 79-yard drive capped by Cooper Kupp’s 1-yard touchdown reception with 1:25 remaining to give the Rams their first NFL title since the 1999 season — and their first representing Los Angeles since 1951. He was in the team’s starting lineup.
Kansas City football player James Winchester, Choctaw Nation, is believed to be the most recent Native to win a Super Bowl back in 2020 when his team defeated the San Francisco 49ers. Now, Corbett holds that title.
A few Indigenous celebrities watched Corbett in action and win the game from the stadium like “Reservation Dogs” co-creator Taika Waititi, Māori, and “Rutherford Falls” very own Jana Schmieding, Cheyenne River Lakota, and Sierra Ornelas, Navajo.
Ornelas posted a photo on Instagram of her and Schmieding with the caption, “Only here to meet Austin Corbett.”
Corbett, a college walk-on at Nevada, was celebrated online by many in Indian Country.
Dallas Goldtooth, actor, writer and Indigenous organizer, swas rooting for the Bengals, but in a social media post, said he was "so damn proud of Austin Corbett, OL for the Rams! Walker River Paiute Nation!!!"
U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Nevada Democrat, posted on social media that she was cheering for Corbett.
Corbett will become a free agent after this game, according to ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The Rams became the second consecutive host to win the championship after Tampa Bay became the first a year ago.
Corbett was first drafted to the Cleveland Browns four years ago.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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