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Texas A&M Connections at the Super Bowl

January 21, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION—Texas A&M will be well represented at Super Bowl XLVIII when the Denver Broncos meet the Seattle Seahawks at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2 from East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Three former Texas A&M football players will suit up for the Seahawks with No. 72 Michael Bennett and No. 79 Red Bryant anchoring the defensive line while running back No. 33 Christine Michael reaches the Super Bowl in his rookie season.

Bennett was a four-year Aggie letterman (2005-08) along the defensive front. Originally from Alief, Texas, Bennett was a free agent signee in 2009 with Tampa Bay and played through the 2012 season before Seattle signed him prior to the 2013 campaign.

Bryant was also a four-year Aggie letterman (2004-07) on the defensive line coming to Aggieland from Jasper, Texas. He was a fourth-round draft selection by Seattle in the 2008 NFL draft. He was honored with the 2011 Steve Largent Award as well as the Ed Block Courage Award in 2011. Red is also the son-in-law to Jacob Green, current 12th Man Foundation Vice President of Major Gifts. Green was an Aggie All-American defensive lineman and a 1980 first-round NFL draft selection by the Seattle Seahawks. He earned All-Pro honors and had an outstanding career with the Seahawks holding the club record for sacks when he retired. Green is one of 11 Seahawks listed in the club’s Ring of Honor. Bryant’s wife and Green’s daughter, Janelle, was an Aggie soccer player.

Michael was an outstanding running back as a four-year Aggie letterman (2009-12) from Beaumont, Texas, and was a second-round 2013 NFL draft selection by the Seahawks.

Some other Texas A&M connections on the Seattle sideline will be Kirk Parrish who served with Aggie football operations from 1997-99. Parrish is the College Scouting Coordinator for Seattle.

The Seahawks’ offensive line coach is Golden Pat Ruel who served as the Texas A&M offensive line coach from 1982-84 for Jackie Sherrrill’s first Aggie coaching staff.

Texas A&M and Seattle also share in the 12th Man tradition. While the Seahawks’ 12th Man dates back only to 1984, Texas A&M’s 12th Man began in 1922 when Aggie student E. King Gill was called from the stands in a game against Centre College, suited up and stood ready to play throughout the rest of the game. Today, the 12th Man refers to the entire student body that stands during Aggie football games to support their team. The Aggies also have a football player who wears the number 12 jersey each game as part of the kickoff coverage unit and is recognized as the 12th Man.

Texas A&M trademarked the term “12th Man” in 1990 and allows the Seahawks use pursuant to a 2006 licensing agreement with the university.

The Broncos will be without former Texas A&M two-time All-American and 2010 Butkus Award winner Von Miller who tore his ACL during the 2013 regular season. Miller, an Aggie four-year football letterman (2007-10) who was the second overall selection in the 2011 NFL draft, earned the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honor his first year in Denver and reached the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons.

Another Texas A&M connection on the Denver sideline will be Clancy Barone, the Broncos tight end coach. Barone served as an offensive line graduate assistant in 1993 on College Football Hall of Fame head coach R.C. Slocum’s Aggie staff.

Below are Aggies with Super Bowl Championship rings as well as those who competed in past Super Bowls.

AGGIES WITH A SUPER BOWL RING

  • Sam Adams, Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl XXXV
  • Rocky Bernard, New York Giants, Super Bowl XLVI
  • Chet Brooks, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIV
  • Lee Roy Caffey, Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl II, I
  • Mike Clark, Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl VI
  • Rich Coady, St. Louis Rams, Super Bowl XXXIV
  • Jerry Fonetnot, Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl XLV
  • Jeff Fuller, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIII, XIX
  • Lester Hayes, Oakland Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII, XV
  • Bethel Johnson, New England Patriots, Super Bowls XXXVIV, XXXVIII
  • Gary Kubiak, Asst. Coach, Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XXXIII, XXXII
  • Gary Kubiak, Asst. Coach, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIX
  • Tommy Maxwell, Baltimore Colts, Super Bowl V
  • Brandon Mitchell, New England Patriots, Super Bowl XXXVI
  • Mo Moorman, Kansas City Chiefs, Super Bowl IV
  • Thomas Sanders, Chicago Bears, Super Bowl XX
  • Shawn Slocum, Asst. Coach, Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl XLV
  • Detron Smith, Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XXXIII, XXXII
  • Kevin Smith, Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XXVIII, XXVII
  • Cameron Spikes, St. Louis Rams, Super Bowl XXXIV
  • Gene Stallings, Asst. Coach, Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XII
  • Ty Warren, New England Patriots, Super Bowls XXXVIV, XXXVIII
  • Billy Yates, New England Patriots, Super Bowl XXXVIV

TEXAS A&M CONNECTIONS IN THE SUPER BOWL

Super Bowl XLVIII/2014 - Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks

  • Von Miller (LB, #58/injured), Denver Broncos
  • Michael Bennett (DL, #72), Seattle Seahawks
  • Red Bryant (DL, #79) Seattle Seahawks
  • Christine Michael (RB, #33) Seattle Seahawks
  • Kirk Parrish (2000 A&M grad), College Scouting Coordinator, Seattle Seahawks

Super Bowl XLVII/2013 - Baltimore Ravens (Champions) vs. San Francisco 49ers

  • Tony Jerod-Eddie (DL, #63), San Francisco 49ers

Super Bowl XLVI/2012 - New York Giants (Champions) vs. New England Patriots

  • Rocky Bernard (DL), New York

Super Bowl XLV/2011 - Green Bay Packers (Champions) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Jerry Fontenot, Asst. Coach, Green Bay
  • Shawn Slocum, Asst. Coach, Green Bay

Super Bowl XLIV/2010 - New Orleans Saints (Champions) vs. Indianapolis Colts

  • Melvin Bullitt (DB), Indianapolis

Super Bowl XLII/2008 - New York Giants (Champions) vs. New England Patriots

  • Ty Warren (DL), New England
  • Billy Yates (OL), New England

Super Bowl XL/2006 - Pittsburgh Steelers (Champions) vs. Seattle Seahawks

  • Rocky Bernard (DL), Seattle
  • Gary Reynolds (Asst. Coach), Seattle
  • Zerick Rollins (Asst. Coach), Seattle

Super Bowl XXXVIV/2005 - New England Patriots (Champions) vs. Philadelphia Eagles

  • Bethel Johnson (WR), New England
  • Ty Warren (DL), New England
  • Billy Yates (OL), New England

Super Bowl XXXVIII/2004 - New England Patriots (Champions) vs. Carolina Panthers

  • Bethel Johnson (WR), New England
  • Ty Warren (DL), New England

Super Bowl XXXVII/2003 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Champions) vs. Oakland Raiders

  • Sam Adams (DL), Oakland
  • Shane Lechler (P), Oakland

Super Bowl XXXVI/2002 - New England Patriots (Champions) vs. St. Louis Rams

  • Rich Coady (DB), St. Louis
  • Brandon Mitchell (DL), New England
  • Cameron Spikes (OL), St. Louis

Super Bowl XXXV/2001 - Baltimore Ravens (Champions) vs. New York Giants

  • Sam Adams (DL), Baltimore
  • Dan Campbell (TE), New York

Super Bowl XXXIV/2000 - St. Louis Rams (Champions) vs. Tennessee Titans

  • Rich Coady (DB), St. Louis
  • Jason Mathews (OL), Tennessee
  • Cameron Spikes (OL), St. Louis
  • Rodney Thomas (RB), Tennessee

Super Bowl XXXIII/1999 - Denver Broncos (Champions) vs. Atlanta Falcons

  • Calvin Collins (OL), Atlanta
  • Detron Smith (RB), Denver
  • Gary Kubiak (Asst. Coach), Denver

Super Bowl XXXII/1998 - Denver Broncos (Champions) vs. Green Bay Packers

  • Detron Smith (RB), Denver
  • Gary Kubiak (Asst. Coach), Denver

Super Bowl XXXI/1997 - Green Bay Packers (Champions) vs. New England Patriots

  • Mark Wheeler (DL), New England

Super Bowl XXIX/1995 - San Francisco 49ers (Champions) vs. San Diego Chargers

  • Gary Kubiak (Asst. Coach), San Francisco

Super Bowl XXVIII/1994 - Dallas Cowboys (Champions) vs. Buffalo Bills

  • Kevin Smith (DB), Dallas
  • Mickey Washington (DB), Buffalo

Super Bowl XXVII/1993 - Dallas Cowboys (Champions) vs. Buffalo Bills

  • Kevin Smith (DB), Dallas

Super Bowl XXVI/1992 - Washington Redskins (Champions) vs. Buffalo Bills

  • Dennis Ransom (TE), Washington

Super Bowl XXIV/1990 - San Francisco 49ers (Champions) vs. Denver Broncos

  • Chet Brooks (DB), San Francisco
  • Kip Corrington (DB), Denver
  • Gary Kubiak (QB), Denver

Super Bowl XXIII/1989 - San Francisco 49ers (Champions) vs. Cincinnati Bengals

  • Jeff Fuller (DB), San Francisco

Super Bowl XXII/1988 - Washington Redskins (Champions) vs. Denver Broncos

  • Gary Kubiak, (QB), Denver

Super Bowl XXI/1987 - New York Giants (Champions) vs. Denver Broncos

  • Gary Kubiak (QB), Denver

Super Bowl XX/1986 - Chicago Bears (Champions) vs. New England Patriots

  • Tony Franklin (K), New England
  • Thomas Sanders (RB), Chicago

Super Bowl XIX/1985 - San Francisco 49ers (Champions) vs. Miami Dolphins

  • Jeff Fuller (DB), San Francisco

Super Bowl XVIII/1984 - Los Angeles Raiders (Champions) vs. Washington Redskins

  • Lester Hayes (DB), Los Angeles

Super Bowl XVII/1983 - Washington Redskins (Champions) vs. Miami Dolphins

  • Mark Dennard (OL), Miami

Super Bowl XV/1981 - Oakland Raiders (Champions) vs. Philadelphia Eagles

  • Tony Franklin (K), Philadelphia
  • Lester Hayes (DB), Oakland

Super Bowl XIV/1980 - Pittsburgh Steelers (Champions) vs. Los Angeles Rams

  • Dave Elmendorf (DB), Los Angeles
  • Pat Thomas (DB), Los Angeles

Super Bowl XIII/1979 - Pittsburgh Steelers (Champions) vs. Dallas Cowboys

  • Gene Stallings (Asst. Coach), Dallas

Super Bowl XII/1978 - Dallas Cowboys (Champions) vs. Denver Broncos

  • Gene Stallings (Asst. Coach), Dallas

Super Bowl X/1976 - Pittsburgh Steelers (Champions) vs. Dallas Cowboys

  • Gene Stallings (Asst. Coach), Dallas

Super Bowl VII/1973 - Miami Dolphins (Champions) vs. Washington Redskins

  • Jack Pardee (LB), Washington

Super Bowl VI/1972 - Dallas Cowboys (Champions) vs. Miami Dolphins

  • Mike Clark (K), Dallas

Super Bowl V/1971 - Baltimore Colts (Champions) vs. Dallas Cowboys

  • Mike Clark (K), Dallas
  • Tommy Maxwell (DB), Baltimore

Super Bowl IV/1970 - Kansas City Chiefs (Champions) vs. Minnesota Vikings

  • Mo Moorman (OL), Kansas City

Super Bowl II/1968 - Green Bay Packers (Champions) vs. Oakland Raiders

  • Lee Roy Caffey (LB), Green Bay

Super Bowl I/1967 - Green Bay Packers (Champions) vs. Kansas City Chiefs

  • Lee Roy Caffey (LB), Green Bay
Texas A&M will be well represented at Super Bowl XLVIII when the Denver Broncos meet the Seattle Seahawks at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2 from East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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