Extending the Streak: Huskers in the Super Bowl
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Extending the Streak: Huskers in the Super Bowl

February 04, 2017

The first Nebraska football players to appear in a Super Bowl were cornerback Kent McCloughan and safety Warren Powers. Both played for the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II. Since then, the Huskers have had 59 former players make 75 appearances in the Super Bowl, which dates back to 1967. Even more impressive is that at least one Husker has appeared in 24 straight Super Bowls, starting with Super Bowl XXVII.

The man keeping the tradition alive in Super Bowl LI is none other than current New England Patriots defensive tackle Vincent Valentine. He is one of 26 former Huskers currently listed on 17 NFL teams. For reference, Alabama has 42 former players currently listed on 23 NFL teams (per ESPN), which obviously produces better odds (the Crimson Tide have six players in this year’s Super Bowl, after all). Regardless, Valentine’s spot on the Patriots’ squad extended an impressive streak for the Huskers, which is currently the longest in the nation.


With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list highlighting every player since Super Bowl XXVIII, but the full list of all Nebraska players in a Super Bowl can be found here.

Super Bowl XXVIII

Dallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13

  • Nate Turner, RB, Buffalo Bills (Did not play)
  • John Parrella, DT, Buffalo Bills (This was Parrella’s rookie season, but he was ultimately released from the Bills for choosing not to take a pay cut.)

Super Bowl XXIX

San Francisco 49ers 49, San Diego Chargers 26

  • John Parrella, DT, San Diego Chargers

Super Bowl XXX

Dallas Cowboys 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 17

  • Brenden Stai, G, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Donta Jones, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Super Bowl XXXI

Green Bay Packers 35, New England Patriots 21

  • Calvin Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
  • Tyrone Williams, CB, Green Bay Packers

Super Bowl XXXII

Denver Broncos 31, Green Bay Packers 24

  • Neil Smith, DE, Denver Broncos
  • Tony Veland, CB, Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XXXIII

Denver Broncos 34, Atlanta Falcons 19

  • Neil Smith, DE, Denver Broncos
  • Michael Booker, CB, Atlanta Falcons

Super Bowl XXXIV

St. Louis Rams 23, Tennessee Titans 16

  • Doug Colman, LB, Tennessee Titans
  • Grant Wistrom, DE, St. Louis Rams

Super Bowl XXXV

Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Giants 7

  • Christian Peter, DT, New York Giants

Super Bowl XXXVI

New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17

  • Grant Wistrom, DE, St. Louis Rams

Super Bowl XXXVII

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48, Oakland Raiders 21

  • John Parrella, DT, Oakland Raiders
  • Eric Johnson, S/LB, Oakland Raiders
  • Adam Treu, C, Oakland Raiders

Super Bowl XXXVIII

New England Patriots 32, Carolina Panthers 29

  • Russ Hochstein, G, New England Patriots
  • Mike Minter, SS, Carolina Panthers
  • Mike Rucker, DE, Carolina Panthers

Super Bowl XXXIX

New England Patriots 24, Philadelphia Eagles 21

  • Russ Hochstein, G, New England Patriots

Super Bowl XL

Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Seattle Seahawks 10

  • Grant Wistrom, DE, Seattle Seahawks
  • Josh Brown, PK, Seattle Seahawks

Super Bowl XLI

Indianapolis Costs 29, Chicago Bears 17

  • Mike Brown, S, Chicago Bears

Super Bowl XLII

New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14

  • Le Kevin Smith, DT, New England Patriots
  • Russ Hochstein, G, New England Patriots

Super Bowl XLIII

Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Arizona Cardinals 23

  • Ralph Brown, CB, Arizona Cardinals

Super Bowl XLIV

New Orleans Saints 31, Indianapolis Colts 17

  • Scott Shanle, LB, New Orleans Saints
  • Carl Nicks, OL, New Orleans Saints
  • Cody Glenn, LB, Indianapolis Colts

Super Bowl XLV

Green Bay Packers 21, Pittsburgh Steelers 25

  • Brandon Jackson, RB, Green Bay Packers

Super Bowl XLVI

New York Giants 21, New England Patriots 17

  • Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants

Super Bowl XLVII

Baltimore Ravens 34, San Francisco 49ers 31

  • Sam Koch, P, Baltimore Ravens

Super Bowl XLVIII

Seattle Seahawks 43, Denver Broncos 8

  • Stewart Bradley, LB, Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XLIX

New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24

  • Alfonzo Dennard, CB, New England Patriots
  • Eric Martin, LB, New England Patriots (Practice squad)

Super Bowl 50

Denver Broncos 24, Carolina Panthers 10

  • Zaire Anderson, LB, Denver Broncos (Practice squad)

Super Bowl LI

New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons

  • Vincent Valentine, DT, New England Patriots
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