BATON ROUGE, La. — With the Atlanta Falcons’ win in yesterday’s NFC Championship, former LSU football players Deion Jones, Jalen Collins and Tyson Jackson are poised to join the long list of former LSU players to start in the Super Bowl.
Between those three Falcons and New England Patriots reserve Barkevious Mingo, there will be four former LSU football players in Super Bowl LI. But this isn’t a new trend.
LSU has been represented by at least one former player in every Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002. To get a grasp on how long of a streak that is, that game was the first Super Bowl Tom Brady ever played in. Super Bowl LI will be his seventh.
So, as we count down the days until Jones, Collins, Jackson and maybe even Mingo have a chance to make their own Super Bowl memories, here’s a quick breakdown of some of LSU’s best Super Bowl moments, and some stats to show LSU’s success.
Dating back to when the Packers and Chiefs faced off in the first Super Bowl, 57 former LSU football players have been on Super Bowl rosters. This includes players on injured reserve and on practice squads.
Those 57 players have made a combined 85 appearances in 31 separate Super Bowls. Four former Tigers have appeared in three or more games: Linebacker Roy “Moonie” Winston played in four Super Bowls for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1970s and running back Eddie Fuller played in three Super Bowls for the Buffalo Bills inthe 1990s. Those two guys went a combined 0-7 in their big-game chances.
Slightly more successful was defensive end Jarvis Green, who won two of his three Super Bowl appearances with the New England Patriots. And then there was Kevin Faulk.
The LSU football gold standard
Former LSU running back Kevin Faulk won three Super Bowls and was on the roster for five with the New England Patriots between 2002 and 2012.
In his Super Bowl career, Faulk carried 17 times for 104 yards and caught 15 passes for 97 yards.
Faulk is the only former LSU football player with three Super Bowl rings. Seven other former Tigers have multiple rings, none of which were earned prior to 1987.
Way back in Super Bowl I…
NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Taylor’s last game happened to be the first Super Bowl.
The LSU legend rushed for 56 yards on 17 carries and what will forever be remembered as the first rushing touchdown in Super Bowl history as his Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs to win the trophy that would later be named after their team’s head coach, Vince Lombardi.
In the pre-Super Bowl era, Taylor played in five playoff games, averaging 83 rushing yards per game and scoring one total touchdown.
What a year 2005 was
In 2005, six former LSU football players were on the New England Patriots roster, and all six came out of the Super Bowl with rings.
The connection between Patriots coach Bill Belichick and his former defensive coordinator Nick Saban is a strong one. In addition to Faulk and Green, that Patriots roster also included: linebacker Eric Alexander, quarterback Rohan Davey, cornerback Randall Gay and defensive tackle Marquise Hill.
Davey, Faulk, Green and tight end Brian Kitchen all also won the 2004 Super Bowl with the Patriots.
For a complete list of former LSU football players in the Super Bowl, follow this link.