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    FIGHTING IRISH Former Notre Dame defensive end Justin Tuck earned a Super Bowl title on Sunday.
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    Former Notre Dame defensive end Justin Tuck earned a Super Bowl title on Sunday.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    Feb. 4, 2008

    
    GLENDALE, Ariz. - Former Notre Dame defensive end Justin Tuck and tight end Jerome Collins became the 35th and 36th former Irish football players to earn a Super Bowl title on Sunday, Feb. 3, as the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots, 17-14, in Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
    

    Tuck, who played at Notre Dame from 2001-04, paced the Giants defensive line with six tackles including a team-high two sacks, forced a fumble and was credited with two quarterback hurries. Collins was one of eight Giants named inactive just prior to the start of the Super Bowl. Former Notre Dame tight end Marcus Freeman (2002-06) is a member of the Giants practice squad.

    Notre Dame director of player development Tim McDonnell also has a connection to the Super Bowl as his uncle, John Mara, is the president and chief executive officer of the Giants. McDonnell's great-grandfather, Tim Mara, founded the Giants in 1925 and McDonnell's grandfather, Wellington Mara, served as co-owner of the Giants from 1959-2005.

    Tuck and Collins also extends Notre Dame's streak of at least one alumnus on a Super Bowl Champion to five years (David Givens, New England, 2004-05; Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh, 2006, Rocky Boiman and Hunter Smith, Indianapolis, 2007). Also, at least one former Irish player has appeared on seven of the last nine Super Bowl champion rosters.

    Of the 42 Super Bowls competed, only 13 teams have won the event without an Irish player on the roster. Looking at both participating team rosters, there have only been six Super Bowls that did not feature at least one former Notre Dame player on either team's roster - Denver vs. Atlanta, 1999; Dallas vs. Pittsburgh, 1996; Dallas vs. Buffalo, 1994; Washington vs. Denver, 1988; Dallas vs. Denver, 1978; and Baltimore vs. Dallas, 1971.

    Former Notre Dame players year-by-year in the Super Bowl -

    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
    * - Tim Brown was on the Oakland Raiders team that lost to Tampa Bay
    2002 - New England - Marc Edwards, Brock Williams, Jabari Holloway
    2001 - Baltimore - None
    * - Luke Petigout and Dusty Zeigler were both on the N.Y. Giants team that lost to Baltimore
    2000 - St. Louis - Todd Lyght
    1999 - Denver - None
    1998 - Denver - None
    * - Derrick Mayes and Aaron Taylor were on the Green Bay team that lost to Denver
    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
    * - Mike Brennan was on the Buffalo Bills team that lost to Washington
    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
    * - Buoniconti and Kuchenberg were both on the Miami team that lost to Dallas
    1971 - Baltimore - None
    1970 - Kansas City - Jim Lynch
    1969 - N.Y. Jets - None
    * - Dick Szymanski was on the Baltimore team that lost to the N.Y. Jets
    1968 - Green Bay - None
    * - Daryle Lamonica was on the Oakland team that lost to Green Bay
    1967 - 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
    Dave Casper - Oakland - 1977
    Jerome Collins - New York Giants - 2008
    Eric Dorsey - New York Giants - 1987, 1991
    Dave Duerson - Chicago - 1986
    Marc Edwards - New England - 2002
    David Givens - New England - 2004, 2005
    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 Los Angeles - 1984
    Aaron Taylor - Green Bay - 1997
    Tom Thayer - Chicago - 1986
    Joe Theismann - Washington - 1983
    Justin Tuck - New York Giants - 2008
    Ricky Watters - San Francisco - 1995
    Brock Williams - New England - 2002
    Bryant Young - San Francisco - 1995

     

     

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