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Darius Fleming, Jonas Gray Become 40th and 41st Former ND Players With a Super Bowl Ring

Jonas Gray.

Feb. 3, 2015

Darius Fleming and Jonas Gray became the 40th and 41st former Notre Dame football player to win a Super Bowl ring on Sunday night when their New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24, in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Fleming was a key special teams player for the Patriots, who rallied from 10 points down to beat the defending champion Seahawks.

Gray was deactivated from the 53-man roster prior to the contest.

Notre Dame-Super Bowl Connections

  • Sunday marked the 16th consecutive year that a Notre Dame alumnus was on at least one of the Super Bowl teams. The current streak is tied with Purdue for the second longest by one school, behind only Nebraska's 22.
  • Of the 49 Super Bowls, only 15 teams have won the event without an Irish player on their roster. There have only been five Super Bowls that did not feature at least one former Notre Dame player - Denver vs. Atlanta, 1999; Dallas vs. Buffalo, 1994; Washington vs. Denver, 1988; Dallas vs. Denver, 1978; and Baltimore Colts vs. Dallas, 1971.
  • Thirty of the 41 former Notre Dame players to earn Super Bowl rings actually participated in the game, which ranks tied for third all-time among Football Bowl Subdivision schools according to STATS LLC. That contingent has combined to capture 45 titles, which ranks third all-time among FBS schools according to STATS.
  • A Notre Dame player has participated in the Super Bowl on 75 occasions, which ranks sixth all-time among FBS schools according to STATS.
  • Super Bowl XLIX marked the 24th time that one of the teams included multiple former Notre Dame players on its roster.
  • A former Irish player has appeared on 10 of the last 12 Super Bowl champions roster.
  • On three occasions, the Super Bowl MVP has come from Notre Dame (Joe Montana in Super Bowls XVI, XIX and XXIV). Three MVPs is tied for the second-most of any college with Alabama, Georgia and USC.
     

     

    Super Bowls That Featured Multiple Former Notre Dame Players On Same Team
    Super Bowl XLIX (2015) - New England Patriots (Jonas Gray, Darius Fleming)
    Super Bowl XLVII (2013) - San Francisco 49ers (Darius Fleming, Ian Williams)
    Super Bowl XLIII (2009) - Arizona Cardinals (Bertrand Berry, Mike Gandy)
    Super Bowl XLII (2008) - N.Y. Giants (Jerome Collins, Marcus Freeman, Justin Tuck)
    Super Bowl XLI (2007) - Indianapolis Colts (Rocky Boiman, Hunter Smith)
    Super Bowl XXXVII (2003) - Oakland Raiders (Rick Mirer, Tim Brown)
    Super Bowl XXXVI (2002) - New England Patriots (Mark Edwards, Jabari Holloway, Brock Williams)
    Super Bowl XXXV (2001) - N.Y. Giants (Luke Petitgout, Mike Rosenthal, Dusty Zeigler)
    Super Bowl XXXII (1998) - Green Bay Packers (Craig Hentrich, Derrick Mayes, Aaron Taylor)
    Super Bowl XXXI (1997) - Green Bay Packers (Craig Hentrich, Lindsay Knapp, Derrick Mayes, Aaron Taylor)
    Super Bowl XXIX (1995) - San Francisco 49ers (Junior Bryant, Anthony Peterson, Ricky Watters, Bryant Young)
    Super Bowl XXIX (1995) - San Diego Chargers (John Carney, Willie Clark, Rodney Culver)
    Super Bowl XXV (1991) - N.Y. Giants (Mark Bavaro, Eric Dorsey, Dave Duerson, Tom Rehder)
    Super Bowl XXI (1987) - N.Y. Giants (Mark Bavaro, Eric Dorsey)
    Super Bowl XX (1986) - Chicago Bears (Dave Duerson, Tom Thayer)
    Super Bowl XVI (1982) - San Francisco 49ers (Bobby Leopold, Joe Montana)
    Super Bowl XI (1977) - Oakland Raiders (Dave Casper, Steve Sylvester)
    Super Bowl X (1976) - Pittsburgh Steelers (Rocky Bleier, Terry Hanratty)
    Super Bowl IX (1975) - Pittsburgh Steelers (Rocky Bleier, Terry Hanratty)
    Super Bowl VIII (1974) - Miami Dolphins (Nick Buoniconti, Bob Kuechenberg)
    Super Bowl VII (1973) - Miami Dolphins (Nick Buoniconti, Bob Kuechenberg)
    Super Bowl VI (1972) - Miami Dolphins (Nick Buoniconti, Bob Kuechenberg)
    Super Bowl IV (1970) - Minnesota Vikings (Mike McGill, Alan Page)
    Super Bowl I (1967) - Green Bay Packers (Paul Hornung, Bill "Red" Mack)

    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
    1.) USC 96
    2.) Miami, Fla. 93
    3.) UCLA 81
    4.) Penn State 76
    Michigan 76
    6.) Notre Dame 75
    7.) Tennessee 74
    8.) Colorado 69
    9.) Ohio State 68
    10.) Nebraska 66

    Most Different Players to Play in a Super Bowl Win
    1.) USC 41
    2.) Miami, Fla. 32
    3.) Notre Dame 30
    Penn State 30
    Tennessee 30
    6.) Michigan 29
    7.) UCLA 28
    8. Ohio State 27
    9.) Florida State 26
    10.) Colorado 24
    Michigan State 24

    Most Combined Super Bowl Wins
    1.) USC 56
    2.) Miami, Fla. 50
    3.) Notre Dame 45
    4.) UCLA 44
    5.) Penn State 43
    6.) Michigan 40
    7.) Colorado 38
    8.) Tennessee 36
    9.) Georgia 34
    10.) Ohio State 33

    Former Notre Dame Players Year-By-Year On Super Bowl Champions
    2015 - New England - Darius Fleming, Jonas Gray
    2014 - Seattle - Golden Tate
    2013 - Baltimore Ravens - None
    2012 - N.Y. Giants - Justin Tuck
    2011 - Green Bay - Ryan Grant
    2010 - New Orleans - John Carney
    2009 - Pittsburgh - 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
    Darius Fleming - New England - 2015
    David Givens - New England - 2004, 2005
    Ryan Grant - Green Bay - 2011
    Jonas Gray - New England - 2015
    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
    Golden Tate - Seattle - 2014
    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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