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    Golden Tate, David Bruton Represent Notre Dame In Super Bowl XLVIII

    FIGHTING IRISH Justin Tuck has won two Super Bowls.
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    Justin Tuck has won two Super Bowls.
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    Feb. 1, 2014

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Former University of Notre Dame teammates Golden Tate (Seattle) and David Bruton (Denver) now find themselves on opposite sides of Super Bowl XLVIII. The tandem will continue the long history of success for the Irish on Super Bowl Sunday. Either Tate or Bruton will become the 39th different former Notre Dame football player to earn a Super Bowl title.

    Bruton ('09), who was selected by the Broncos in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, has played in 77-of-80 possible regular-season games over his five-year NFL career (all with Denver). Bruton was voted a season captain for the first time of his career in 2013, and tied for second on the team with seven special-teams tackles. He appeared in all 16 regular-season games in 2012, leading the Broncos in special-teams plays (376) and was named a third alternate for the AFC Pro Bowl squad as a special-teamer.

    Tate, who was selected by the Seahawks in the second round (60th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, has established NFL career highs this season in receptions (64) and receiving yards (898). Tate has recorded five touchdown catches and developed into arguably the top punt return man in the NFL. He has averaged 11.5 yards per punt return (51 for 585), including a career-long 71-yard punt return against Tampa Bay on Nov. 3, 2013.

    Notre Dame-Super Bowl Connections

  • Super Bowl XLVIII will mark the 17th time both the AFC and NFC champions had at least one former Irish football player on its roster. Tate or Bruton guarantees at least one former Notre Dame player will have appeared on nine of the last 11 Super Bowl champion rosters. Tate and Bruton are the 10th pair of Notre Dame teammates to square off on opposite sides of a Super Bowl.
  • Of the 48 Super Bowls, only 15 teams have won the event without an Irish player on the roster. Looking at both participating team rosters, there have only been five Super Bowls that did not feature at least one former Notre Dame player on either team's roster - Denver vs. Atlanta, 1999; Dallas vs. Buffalo, 1994; Washington vs. Denver, 1988; Dallas vs. Denver, 1978; and Baltimore Colts vs. Dallas, 1971.
  • Twenty-eight of the 38 former Notre Dame players to earn Super Bowl rings actually participated in the game, which ranks tied for fifth all-time among FBS schools according to Stats, Inc. That contingent has combined to capture 43 titles, which ranks third all-time among FBS schools according to Stats, Inc.
  • Entering Sunday's game, a Notre Dame player has participated in the Super Bowl on 72 occasions, which ranks sixth all-time among FBS schools according to Stats, Inc.
     

     

    Super Bowls That Featured Former Notre Dame Players On Rosters Of Both Teams
    Super Bowl XLVIII (2014) - Seattle (Golden Tate) vs. Denver (David Bruton)
    Super Bowl XLVI (2012) - N.Y. Giants (Justin Tuck) vs. New England (Sergio Brown)
    Super Bowl XLV (2011) - Green Bay (Ryan Grant) vs. Pittsburgh (Arnaz Battle)
    Super Bowl XLII (2008) - N.Y. Giants (Jerome Collins, Marcus Freeman and Justin Tuck) vs. New England (Mike Richardson)
    Super Bowl XLI (2007) - Indianapolis (Rocky Boiman and Hunter Smith) vs. Chicago (Mark LeVoir)
    Super Bowl XXXIX (2005) - New England (David Givens) vs. Philadelphia (Paul Grasmanis)
    Super Bowl XXXIV (2000) - St. Louis (Todd Lyght) vs. Tennessee (Hunter Smith)
    Super Bowl XXIX (1995) - San Francisco (Junior Bryant, Anthony Peterson, Ricky Watters and Bryant Young) vs. San Diego (John Carney, Willie Clark and Rodney Culver)
    Super Bowl XVIII (1984) - L.A. Raiders (Steve Sylvester) vs. Washington (Joe Theismann)
    Super Bowl XVII (1983) - Washington (Joe Theismann) vs. Miami (Bob Kuechenberg)
    Super Bowl XVI (1982) - San Francisco (Bobby Leopold and Joe Montana) vs. Cincinnati (Ross Browner)
    Super Bowl XIV (1980) - Pittsburgh (Rocky Bleier) vs. L.A. Rams (Mike Fanning)
    Super Bowl XI (1977) - Oakland (Dave Casper and Steve Sylvester) vs. Minnesota (Alan Page)
    Super Bowl IX (1975) - Pittsburgh (Rocky Bleier and Terry Hanratty) vs. Minnesota (Alan Page)
    Super Bowl VIII (1974) - Miami (Nick Buoniconti and Bob Kuechenberg) vs. Minnesota (Alan Page)
    Super Bowl VII (1973) - Miami (Nick Buoniconti and Bob Kuechenberg) vs. Washington (Myron Pottios)
    Super Bowl IV (1970) - Kansas City (Jim Lynch) vs. Minnesota (Mike McGill and Alan Page)

    Most Combined Super Bowl Games Played   Most Different Players to Play in a Super Bowl Win
    1.)  USC             92                 1.)  USC             39
    2.)  Miami, Fla.     91                 2.)  Miami, Fla.     32
    3.)  UCLA            78                 3.)  Penn State      29
    4.)  Penn State      75                      Tennessee       29
    5.)  Michigan        74                 5.)  Notre Dame      28
    6.)  Notre Dame      72                      Michigan        28
    7.)  Colorado        68                 7.)  Ohio State      26
    8.)  Tennessee       68                 8.)  Florida State   25
    9.)  Ohio State      67                      UCLA            25
    10.) Nebraska        66                 10.) Michigan State  24
    

    Most Combined Super Bowl Wins 1.) USC 54 2.) Miami, Fla. 49 3.) Notre Dame 43 4.) Penn State 42 5.) UCLA 41 6.) Michigan 38 7.) Colorado 37 8.) Tennessee 35 9.) Georgia 33 10.) Ohio State 32

    Former Notre Dame Players Year-By-Year On Super Bowl Champions
    2014 - Seattle - Golden Tate OR Denver - David Bruton
    2013 - Baltimore Ravens - none
    2012 - N.Y. Giants - Justin Tuck
    2011 - Green Bay Packers - Ryan Grant
    2010 - New Orleans Saints - John Carney
    2009 - Pittsburgh Steelers - None
    2008 - N.Y. Giants - Jerome Collins, Justin Tuck
    2007 - Indianapolis - Rocky Boiman, Hunter Smith
    2006 - Pittsburgh - Jerome Bettis
    2005 - New England - David Givens
    2004 - New England - David Givens
    2003 - Tampa Bay - None
    2002 - New England - Marc Edwards, Brock Williams, Jabari Holloway
    2001 - Baltimore Ravens - None
    2000 - St. Louis - Todd Lyght
    1999 - Denver - None
    1998 - Denver - None
    1997 - Green Bay - Derrick Mayes, Aaron Taylor, Lindsay Knapp, Craig Hentrich
    1996 - Dallas - None
    1995 - San Francisco - Ricky Watters, Junior Bryant, Bryant Young, Anthony Peterson
    1994 - Dallas - None
    1993 - Dallas - Steve Beuerlein
    1992 - Washington - None
    1991 - N.Y. Giants - Mark Bavaro, Eric Dorsey, Tom Rehder, Dave Duerson
    1990 - San Francisco - Joe Montana
    1989 - San Francisco - Joe Montana
    1988 - Washington - None
    1987 - N.Y. Giants - Mark Bavaro, Eric Dorsey
    1986 - Chicago - Dave Duerson, Tom Thayer
    1985 - San Francisco - Joe Montana
    1984 - L.A. Raiders - Steve Sylvester
    1983 - Washington - Joe Theismann
    1982 - San Francisco - Joe Montana, Bobby Leopold
    1981 - Oakland - Steve Sylvester
    1980 - Pittsburgh - Rocky Bleier
    1979 - Pittsburgh - Rocky Bleier
    1978 - Dallas - None
    1977 - Oakland - Steve Sylvester, Dave Casper
    1976 - Pittsburgh - Rocky Bleier, Terry Hanratty
    1975 - Pittsburgh - Rocky Bleier Terry Hanratty
    1974 - Miami - Nick Buoniconti, Bob Kuechenberg
    1973 - Miami - Nick Buoniconti, Bob Kuechenberg
    1972 - Dallas - None
    1971 - Baltimore Colts - None
    1970 - Kansas City - Jim Lynch
    1969 - N.Y. Jets - None
    1968 - Green Bay - None
    1967 - Green Bay - Paul Hornung, Red Mack

    Former Irish Players With Super Bowl Championships
    Mark Bavaro - New York Giants - 1987, 1991
    Jerome Bettis - Pittsburgh - 2006
    Steve Beuerlein - Dallas - 1993
    Rocky Bleier - Pittsburgh - 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980
    Rocky Boiman - Indianapolis - 2007
    Junior Bryant - San Francisco - 1995
    Nick Buoniconti - Miami - 1973, 1974
    John Carney - New Orleans - 2010
    Dave Casper - Oakland - 1977
    Jerome Collins - New York Giants - 2008
    Eric Dorsey - New York Giants - 1987, 1991
    Dave Duerson - Chicago - 1986; New York Giants - 1991
    Marc Edwards - New England - 2002
    David Givens - New England - 2004, 2005
    Ryan Grant - Green Bay - 2011
    Terry Hanratty - Pittsburgh - 1975, 1976
    Craig Hentrich - Green Bay - 1997
    Jabari Holloway - New England - 2002
    Paul Hornung - Green Bay - 1967
    Lindsay Knapp - Green Bay - 1997
    Bob Kuechenberg - Miami - 1973, 1974
    Bobby Leopold - San Francisco - 1982
    Todd Lyght - St. Louis - 2000
    Jim Lynch - Kansas City - 1970
    Red Mack - Green Bay - 1967
    Derrick Mayes - Green Bay - 1997
    Joe Montana - San Francisco - 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990
    Anthony Peterson - San Francisco - 1995
    Tom Rehder - New York Giants - 1991
    Hunter Smith - Indianapolis - 2007
    Steve Sylvester - Oakland - 1977, 1981; L.A. Raiders - 1984
    Aaron Taylor - Green Bay - 1997
    Tom Thayer - Chicago - 1986
    Joe Theismann - Washington - 1983
    Justin Tuck - New York Giants - 2008, 2012
    Ricky Watters - San Francisco - 1995
    Brock Williams - New England - 2002
    Bryant Young - San Francisco - 1995

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