Unfortunately, Super Bowl XLIX will be the second straight time the Auburn football program isn’t represented on the biggest stage in American sports, but the Tigers have been a big part of the event over the years. In 29 of the 49 Super Bowls to date, at least one former Tiger has participated and 31 different players combined to make 42 appearances on a Super Bowl roster.
So, what are some of the top Super Bowl moments featuring former Auburn Tigers?
Super Bowl XLVIIFeb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Josh Bynes (56) against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The last Auburn football player to be part of a Super Bowl-winning team is Josh Bynes. A linebacker and special teams player for the Baltimore Ravens during the 2012 season, Bynes did not record a statistic in the team’s 34-31 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Super Bowl XLVII, but he did something no other Tiger has ever done: win a Super Bowl and a National Championship.
The undrafted free agent was a key contributor on defense for the 2010 BCS National Champions. He was waived by the Ravens early in 2012, spent time on the practice squad, but emerged as a valuable player late in the season and in the playoffs. He started three games, played in ten and recorded 34 tackles.
Former Auburn cornerback Carlos Rogers had three tackles for the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
Super Bowl XLII
When the Pittsburgh Steelers met the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLII in Tampa, Florida, there were three former Auburn Football players involved. Offensive lineman Kendall Simmons did not play for the champion Steelers due to a season ending injury, but Karlos Dansby and Roderick Hood started on defense for the Cardinals.
Dansby led Arizona with eight total tackles and intercepted Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Hood recorded six tackles, but it wasn’t enough for a victory. Pittsburgh scored with 0:35 left to win 27-23.
Simmons earned his second Super Bowl ring after his Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks (and former Auburn football player Chris Gray) in Super Bowl XL.
Super Bowls I & IV
Though they couldn’t beat the Green Bay Packers, three former Auburn football players played for the Kansas City Chiefs in the very first Super Bowl. Defensive back Dave Bobby Hunt, defensive end Chuck Hurston and center Wayne Frazier all started for the Chiefs on January 15, 1967, but lost the game 35-10.
Three years later in Super Bowl IV in New Orleans, Hurston had a second chance. Along with former Tiger Dave Hill, Kansas City defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. The victory made Hill and Hurston the first former Auburn Tiger to capture a World Championship.
Super Bowls VII and VIII
A member of the Miami Dolphins during the incredible 17-0 1972 season, which is still the only undefeated season in NFL history, Mike Kolen became the first former Auburn player to win multiple Super Bowls and back-to-back Super Bowls when the Dolphins won Super Bowl VIII 24-7 over the Minnesota Vikings in Houston.
Super Bowls XXIII, XXIV & XXIX
On January 22, 1989, two former Auburn football players squared off in the Super Bowl for the very first time. Steve Wallace and the San Francisco 49ers defeated James Brooks and the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami.
It was the first of back-to-back Super Bowl victories for Wallace and San Francisco, who defeated former Tiger Chris Woods and the Denver Broncos the following season. The offensive lineman became the first and only former Auburn football player to win three Super Bowls when the 49ers defeated San Diego in Super Bowl XXIX.
Former Auburn Tigers in the Super Bowl
Winners in bold
- Super Bowl I: Dave Bobby Hunt, Chuck Hurston, Wayne Frazier (Kansas City Chiefs)
- Super Bowl IV: Dave Hill, Chuck Hurston (Kansas City Chiefs)
- Super Bowl V: Dave Edwards (Dallas Cowboys)
- Super Bowl VI: Dave Edwards (Dallas Cowboys)
- Super Bowl VII: Mike Kolen (Miami Dolphins)
- Super Bowl VIII: Mike Kolen (Miami Dolphins)
- Super Bowl X: Dave Edwards (Dallas Cowboys)
- Super Bowl XVI: Mike Fuller (Cincinnati Bengals)
- Super Bowl XVIII: Chester Willis (Los Angeles Raiders)
- Super Bowl XX: Ben Thomas (New England Patriots)
- Super Bowl XXII: Tim Jessie (Washington Redskins)
- Super Bowl XXIII: Steve Wallace (San Francisco 49ers), James Brooks (Cincinnati Bengals)
- Super Bowl XXIV: Steve Wallace (San Francisco 49ers), Chris Woods (Denver Broncos)
- Super Bowl XXVI: Ron Middleton (Washington Redskins)
- Super Bowl XXVII: Tommie Agee, Alexander Wright (Dallas Cowboys)
- Super Bowl XXVIII: Tommie Agee (Dallas Cowboys)
- Super Bowl XXIX: Steve Wallace (San Francisco 49ers)
- Super Bowl XXX: Kevin Greene (Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Super Bowl XXIV: Al Del Greco (Tennessee Titans)
- Super Bowl XXXV: John Hudson (Baltimore Ravens), Jaret Holmes (New York Giants)
- Super Bowl XXXVIII: Stephen Davis (Carolina Panthers)
- Super Bowl XXXIX: Roderick Hood (Philadelphia Eagles)
- Super Bowl XL: Kendall Simmons (Pittsburgh Steelers), Chris Gray (Seattle Seahawks)
- Super Bowl XLII: Brandon Jacobs, Reggie Tabor (New York Giants), Heath Evans (New England Patriots)
- Super Bowl XLIII: Kendall Simmons (Pittsburgh Steelers), Karlos Dansby, Roderick Hood (Arizona Cardinals)
- Super Bowl XLIV: Jerraud Powers (Indianapolis Colts)
- Super Bowl XLV: Patrick Lee (Green Bay Packers)
- Super Bowl XLVI: Brandon Jacobs (New York Giants)
- Super Bowl XLVII: Josh Bynes (Baltimore Ravens), Carlos Rogers (San Francisco 49ers)
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