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    FIGHTING IRISH Former Notre Dame defensive end Justin Tuck tallied two sacks and forced a safety to help the N.Y. Giants defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI
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    Former Notre Dame defensive end Justin Tuck tallied two sacks and forced a safety to help the N.Y. Giants defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI
    FIGHTING IRISH

    Feb. 6, 2012

    Justin Tuck Super Bowl Coverage
    READ:
    Tuck Stars In Super Bowl Again | Tuck in Spotlight Following Giants' Super Victory
    AP: Tuck's Pressure Keeps Brady in Check | CBS: Brady's Play Night and Day After Tuck Sack
    Tuck's Final Notre Dame Bio | Tuck Stars in Super Bowl XLII
    VIEW: Tuck & Brown at Super Bowl XLVI Gallery
    WATCH: Coughlin, Tuck, Manning at Victory Rally Video | Tuck and the Giants Sing "I Got a Ring" Video

    
    INDIANAPOLIS - Former Notre Dame defensive end Justin Tuck returned to the Hoosier State and played a key role in helping the New York Giants defeat the New England Patriots, 21-17, Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
    

    Tuck, who played at Notre Dame from 2001-04, became the 11th former Notre Dame football player to win multiple Super Bowls in his career. Tuck helped the Giants defeat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII as he recorded six tackles, two sacks, two quarterback hurries and forced a fumble in 2008.

    The other former Fighting Irish football players to be members of multiple Super Bowl champion teams are: Mark Bavaro, Rocky Bleier, Nick Buoniconti, Eric Dorsey, Dave Duerson, David Givens, Terry Hanratty, Bob Kuechenberg, Joe Montana and Steve Sylvester.

    Tuck led New York's defensive line with three tackles and recorded both sacks for the Giants. Tuck helped the Giants strike first in Super Bowl XLVI as pressure he brought to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on New England's first offensive play from scrimmage led to Brady throwing the ball away to avoid a sack. Intentional grounding was called on the play and, because the penalty occurred in the end zone, the Giants were awarded two points for a safety.

    Notre Dame director of player personnel 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 extends Notre Dame's streak of at least one alumnus on a Super Bowl Champion to three years. At least one former Irish player has appeared on eight of the last nine Super Bowl champion rosters.

    Of the 46 Super Bowls competed, only 14 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 vs. Dallas, 1971.

    Super Bowl XLVI marked the 16th time both the AFC and NFC champions had at least one former Notre Dame football player on its roster. Sergio Brown, a safety at Notre Dame from 2006-09, played on special teams for the Patriots last night.

    Former Notre Dame players year-by-year on Super Bowl champions -
    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 - 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 - None
    1970 - Kansas City - Jim Lynch
    1969 - N.Y. Jets - None
    1968 - Green Bay - None
    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; New York Giants - 1991
    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 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

    Super Bowls that featured former Notre Dame players on rosters of both teams -
    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)

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