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Breakdown of Super Bowl stars with Western Pennsylvania ties

Chris Adamski
| Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, 6:54 p.m.
Raiders Hall of Famer George Blanda (16) kicks a field goal during Super Bowl II on Jan. 14, 1968, at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
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Raiders Hall of Famer George Blanda (16) kicks a field goal during Super Bowl II on Jan. 14, 1968, at the Orange Bowl in Miami.

Super bowl I


LB, Green Bay Penn State alum

A Pro Football Hall of Famer, Robinson was in his fourth of 12 NFL seasons and a Pro Bowler when he helped the Packers win the inaugural world championship.

Super bowl II


K, Oakland Youngwood native

The end of his 20th of a record 26 seasons as a quarterback and kicker, Blanda was 40 when he kicked two extra points in a loss to Green Bay.

Of note: Oakland WR Bill Miller (McKeesport), Oakland TE Ken Herock (Munhall, WVU), Packers LB Jim Flanigan (Pitt), Robinson

Super bowl III


QB, New York JetsBeaver Falls native

Part of Super Bowl lore for his guarantee of an upset for the AFL champions against the mighty Colts.

Of note: Colts QB Johnny Unitas (born in Mt. Washington), Jets LB Ralph Baker (Penn State), Colts tackle Glenn Ressler (Penn State), Jets backup QB Vito “Babe” Parilli (Rochester HS).

Super bowl IV


K, MinnesotaMonongahela native, Pitt alum

Although his greatest legacy might be as inventor of the Nerf football, Cox is one of 11 Vikings to appear in all four of their Super Bowl berths (all losses) in the 1970s.

Of note: Vikings CB Ed Sharockman (Pitt).

Super bowl V


QB, Baltimore Mt. Washington native

Unitas won three NFL championships before winning a Super Bowl, although he was splitting time with Earl Morrall by this juncture of his career.

Of note: Colts RB Sam Havrilak (Monessen native), Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley (WVU), Cowboys TE Mike Ditka (Carnegie/Aliquippa HS/Pitt), Ressler.

Super bowl VI


OT, Miami Monessen HS

The only local native to have played an undefeated NFL season when his Dolphins won the Super Bowl the following year.

Of note: Dolphins RB Mercury Morris (Avonworth HS), Howley, Ditka.

Super bowl VII


RB, Washington Schenley HS alum

His Redskins lost this game, but Brown was the NFL's MVP that season.

Of note: Redskins LB Myron Pottios (Washington County/Charleroi HS), Dolphins LB Bruce Bannon (Penn State), Morris, Crusan.

Super bowl VIII


RB, Miami Avonworth HS alum

An All-Pro in 1973, Morris played in the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl for the third straight year.

Of note: Crusan, Cox, Bannon.

Super bowl IX


Hometown team

The first of eight appearances — and six wins — for the franchise owned by the local Rooney family.

Of note: Steelers RB Franco Harris (Penn State), Steelers LB Jack Ham (Penn State), Steelers backup QB Terry Hanratty (Butler), Steelers RB coach Dick Hoak (Jeannette, Penn State), Steelers assistant coach Woody Widenhofer (Butler), Steelers defensive coordinator Bud Carson (Brackenridge), Steelers assistant personnel director Bill Nunn (Homewood), Steelers director of player personnel Dick Haley (Midway), Cox.

Super bowl x


RB coach, Pittsburgh Jeannette HS, Penn State alum

Hoak held the same position for each of the Steelers' first six Super Bowl berths (five wins).

Of note: Harris, Ham, Hanratty, Widenhofer, Carson, Nunn, Haley.

Super bowl XI


TE, Oakland Montour HS, Penn State alum

A College Football Hall of Famer and three-time Pro Bowler, Kwalick earned a Super Bowl ring as part of the Raiders roster.

Of note: Raiders DT Dave Rowe (Penn State), Cox.

Super bowl xii


RB, Dallas Hopewell HS, Pitt alum

Dorsett became the first player to win a college football national title and Super Bowl in consecutive seasons.

Of note: Ditka (Cowboys assistant coach), Broncos C Glenn Hyde (Pitt), Cowboys G Tom Rafferty (Penn State).

Super bowl XIII


LB, Pittsburgh Johnstown native, Penn State alum

Ham is the only Western Pennsylvania native to play in all four of the '70s Steelers Super Bowl winners.

Of note: Steelers WR/KR Randy Reutershan (Pitt), Harris, Dorsett, Widenhofer, Nunn, Haley, Hoak, Rafferty.

Super bowl XIV


Pittsburgh Director of Player PersonnelMidway native

Together with fellow locals the Rooneys and Nunn, Haley helped build arguably the NFL's greatest dynasty.

Of note: Steelers K Matt Bahr (Penn State), Harris, Ham, Haley, Hoak, Nunn.

Super bowl XV

Matt Millen

LB, Oakland Penn State alum

Millen eventually would win four Super Bowls with three teams based in four cities.

Of note: Eagles LB Al Chesley (Pitt), Eagles RB Bob Torrey (Penn State), Raiders K Chris Bahr (Penn State).

Super bowl XVI


QB, San Francisco Ringgold HS

The first of four Super Bowl wins over a nine-year span for the Ringgold HS alum.

Of note: 49ers CB Lynn Thomas (Pitt), Bengals NT Gary Burley (Pitt), 49ers S Carlton Williamson (Pitt), 49ers FB Walter Easley (WVU), 49ers DT Pete Kugler (Penn State).

Super bowl XVII


G, Washington Southmoreland HS, Pitt alum

Along with fellow Pitt alum Mark May, was part of famed “Hogs” Redskins '80s offensive line.

Of note: Redskins LB Rich Milot (Moon HS, Penn State), Redskins LB Larry Kubin (Penn State), Dolphins WR Jimmy Cefalo (Penn State), Dolphins CB Paul Lankford (Penn State), Dolphins CB Fulton Walker (WVU), Redskins assistant coach Joe Bugel (Munhall), head linesman Dale Hamer (Cal U).

Super bowl XVIII


LB, Washington Moon HS, Penn State alum

The only of three Super Bowls that Milot played in that the Redskins didn't win.

Of note: Grimm, May, Bugel.

Super bowl XIX


QB, Miami Central Catholic HS, Pitt alum

One of the greatest quarterback seasons in NFL history was capped with Marino's lone Super Bowl berth.

Of note: 49ers TE John Frank (Mt. Lebanon), 49ers backup QB Matt Cavanaugh (Pitt), Montana, Williamson, Cefalo, Lankford.

Super bowl XX


Coach, Chicago Carnegie-born, Aliquippa HS, Pitt alum

“Iron Mike” won Super Bowls as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

Of note: Bears OT Jimbo Covert (Freedom HS, Pitt), Bears DE Mike Hartenstine (Penn State), Bears FB Matt Suhey (Penn State), Bears OT Keith Van Horne (born in Mt. Lebanon).

Super bowl XXI


S, N.Y. Giants Penn Hills HS, Pitt alum

Flynn was cut in 1986 by the Packers but had a blocked-punt TD against them later in the season.

Of note: Giants OL Brad Benson (Altoona, Penn State), Giants then-backup Jeff Hostetler (Somerset County, WVU).

Super bowl XXII


Replay official Perry HS, Washington & Jefferson alum

Joined Hamer and linesman Jerry Bergman (Ross) on officiating crew for the third Super Bowl to use instant replay.

Of note: Broncos backup QB Ken Karcher (Shaler), Hamer, Grimm, May, Milot.

Super bowl XXIII


DT, Cincinnati West Virginia alum

Grant is one of 17 WVU alums to play in a Super Bowl, accounting for 23 appearances.

Of note: Montana, Frank, Kugler.

Super bowl XXIV


DT, San Francisco Penn State alum

Joined Montana as one of the few links between the first and last 49ers Super Bowl teams of the '80s.

Of note: Montana, Millen.

Super bowl XXV


QB, Buffalo East Brady HS

One of several Bills with local ties to be part of four consecutive Super Bowl-losing teams.

Of note: Bills safety Mark Kelso (North Hills HS), Bills LB Shane Conlan (Penn State), Bills LB Darryl Talley (WVU), Bills OL Mitch Frerotte (Kittanning, Penn State), Hostetler (now Giants starting QB), Giants C Brian Williams (Mt. Lebanon), Giants DE Mike Fox (WVU), Giants TE Bob Mrosko (Penn State), Matt Bahr (now with Giants), Cavanaugh.

Super bowl XXVI


S, Buffalo North Hills HS

Kelso started for all four Bills AFC champion teams from 1990-93.

Of note: Redskins LB Andre Collins (Penn State), Redskins DL Tim Johnson (Penn State), Redskins CB Alvoid Mays (WVU), Kelly, Conlan, Talley, Frerotte, Grimm, Millen.

Super bowl XXVII


OL, Buffalo

Kittanning HS, Penn State alum

The late Frerotte, a reserve offensive lineman, had three TD catches on tackle-eligibles in 1992.

Of note: Kelly, Conlan, Talley, Cowboys C Mark Stepnoski (Pitt), Cowboys defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt (Baldwin, Pitt), Bills LB Keith Goganious (Penn State).

Super bowl XXVIII


Def. coordinator, Dallas Baldwin native, Pitt alum

Wannstedt parlayed winning two Super Bowls into head coaching jobs with the Bears, Dolphins and Pitt.

Of note: Stepnoski, Kelly, Talley, Conlan, Goganious.

Super bowl XXIX


RB, San Francisco Steel Valley HS, Pitt

Speedster won a Super Bowl ring at the end of his third of five NFL seasons.

Of note: 49ers LB Rickey Jackson (Pitt), 49ers LB Tony Peterson (Ringgold).

Super bowl XXX


LBs coach, Steelers Fort Cherry HS

Lewis, a former Pitt assistant, also would be the coordinator for Baltimore's dominant defense in Super Bowl XXXV.

Of note: Steelers LB Jerry Olsavsky (Pitt alum, Youngstown native), Cowboys WR Billy Davis (Pitt).

Super bowl XXXI


RB, New England Allderdice HS, Pitt

Though his NFL career is more identified with the Jets, Martin's lone Super Bowl appearance featured a TD run.

Of note: Patriots WR Dietrich Jells (Pitt), Patriots CB Vernon Lewis (Pitt), Patriots FB Sam Gash (Penn State), Patriots G Todd Rucci (Penn State), Patriots backup QB Scott Zolak (Ringgold HS); Packers G Marco Rivera (Penn State).

Super bowl XXXII


G, Green Bay Penn State alum

Part of PSU's undefeated 1994 team, Rivera had an 11-year NFL career protecting Brett Favre.

Of note: Packers K Brett Conway (Penn State).

Super bowl XXXIII


Backup QB, Denver Former Steelers starter

The lone Super Bowl without a local native or local college alum playing. Brister was a polarizing Steeler from 1986-92.

Of note: Falcons TEs coach James Daniel (future longtime Steelers tight ends coach).

Super bowl XXXIV


S, Tennessee Pitt alum, born in Hopewell

Like his famous father, Anthony can say he also started a Super Bowl.

Of note: Titans LB Terry Killens (Penn State), Titans RB Mike Archie (Penn State, IR), Titans DT John Thornton (WVU).

Super bowl XXXV


LB, N.Y. Giants McKeesport, Penn State alum

Short ended the first of his seven-year NFL career with his lone Super Bowl appearance.

Of note: Giants DT Keith Hamilton (Pitt), Giants QB Kerry Collins (Penn State), Giants WR Joe Jurevicius (Penn State), Ravens DT Tony Siragusa (Pitt), Ravens S Kim Herring (Penn State), Lewis, Davis.

Super bowl XXXVI


CB, New England Aliquippa HS

A member of the NFL's all-decade 2000s team, Law started on three Super Bowl winners. He returned an interception for a touchdown in this one.

Of note: Patriots G Mike Compton (WVU), Rams backup QB Marc Bulger (Central Catholic HS, WVU), Rams DE Tyoka Jackson (Penn State), Herring.

Super bowl XXXVII


WR, Tampa Bay Penn State alum

Jurevicius played in three Super Bowls — for three teams — over a five-year span. This was his lone win.

Of note: Buccaneers C Jeff Christy (Freeport, Pitt), Raiders WR Jerry Porter (WVU), Raiders S Dorsett.

Super bowl XXXVIII


RB, Carolina Pitt alum

Goings carved a niche for an eight-year NFL career, including this Super Bowl appearance.

Of note: Panthers P Todd Sauerbrun (WVU), Panthers WR Eugene Baker (DNP; Monroeville, Shady Side Academy), Patriots S Shawn Mayer (Penn State), Law.

Super bowl XXXIX


C, Philadelphia Robert Morris alum

The lone RMU product to play in a Super Bowl, Fraley started in the Eagles' loss to New England.

Of note: Patriots DB Hank Poteat (Pitt), official Tony Steratore (Washington, Pa.), Patriots LB Justin Kurpeikis, (DNP; Central Catholic, Penn State) Law.

Super bowl XL


Director of football operations, Steelers North Side native, North Catholic, RMU alum

Colbert helped build the second wave of Steelers' multiple Super Bowl-winning teams.

Of note: Steelers backup QB Charlie Batch, (Steel Valley), Steelers S Mike Logan (McKeesport, WVU), Steelers S Russell Stuvaints (McKeesport), Steelers C Jeff Hartings (Penn State), Seahawks WR Bobby Engram (Penn State), Grimm (Steelers OL coach), Hoak, Nunn, Jurevicius.

Super bowl XLI


G, Chicago Pitt alum

Brown's ninth (and final) Pro Bowl came in his 12th season, capped by his lone Super Bowl appearance.

Of note: Bears TE John Gilmore (Penn State), Bears K Robbie Gould (Penn State).

Super bowl XLII


OT, N.Y. Giants Penn State alum

McKenzie started 168 games in 11 seasons, including two Super Bowl wins over New England.

Of note: Patriots TE Kyle Brady (Penn State), Patriots DL Jay Alford (Penn State).

Super bowl XLIII


WR, Arizona Pitt alum

The Cardinals were known as “Pittsburgh West,” and Fitzgerald was the most prominent of them.

Of note: Cardinals OT Reggie Wells (South Park HS, Clarion Univ.), Cardinals LB Gerald Hayes (Pitt), Cardinals OT Levi Brown (Penn State), Steelers FB/TE Sean McHugh (Penn State), Steelers DL Scott Paxson (Penn State), Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley (Upper St. Clair), Cardinals defensive backs coach Teryl Austin (Sharon, Pitt), Cardinals assistant Matt Raich (Monaca, Robert Morris), Cardinals receivers coach Mike Miller (Plum, Clarion), Batch, Colbert.

Super bowl XLIV


P, Indianapolis Plum HS, WVU

A rookie after being drafted in the seventh round, McAfee punted twice in the Colts' loss.

Of note: Colts LB Clint Session (Pitt), Colts DB Marlin Jackson (DNP; Sharon), Saints TE Darnell Dinkins (DNP; Pitt, Schenley HS).

Super bowl XLV


Head coach, Green Bay Greenfield

The former Steelers fan beat the Steelers for the Packers' fourth Super Bowl, denying the Steelers their seventh.

Of note: Steelers S Ryan Mundy (Woodland Hills HS, WVU), Packers TE Andrew Quarless (Penn State), Packers P Jeremy Kapinos (Penn State), Packers assistant coach Tom Clements (McKees Rocks), Packers assistant coach Ben McAdoo (IUP), Batch, Colbert.

Super bowl XLVI


FB, N.Y. Giants Pitt alum

Caught two passes for 19 yards as starting fullback in another Giants Super Bowl upset of New England.

Of note:Linesman Tom Stabile (Harrison), Patriots FB Lousaka Polite (Pitt), Giants DT Jimmy Kennedy (Penn State), Patriots OT Rich Ohrnberger (Penn State), McKenzie, Steratore.

Super bowl XLVII


LB, San Francisco Penn State alum

Bowman had a game-high seven tackles in loss to Baltimore.

Of note: 49ers assistant coach Jim Tomsula (West Homestead), 49ers P Andy Lee (Pitt), Ravens OL Gino Gradkowski (Seton-La Salle), Ravens assistant coach Jim Hostler (Bethel Park, IUP).

Super bowl XLVIII


FB, Seattle Penn State alum

The former Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (as a QB) capped his NFL career with a Super Bowl title.

Of note: Seahawks DL Jordan Hill (Penn State), Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin (WVU).

Super bowl XLIX


CB, New England Aliquippa, Pitt alum

Seven-time Pro Bowler won a Super Bowl with the Patriots to go with the PIAA title won at Aliquippa.

Of note: Seahawks OT Garry Gilliam (Penn State), Hill, Irvin, Zolak (Patriots broadcaster).

Super bowl 50


WR, DenverFormer Steelers receiver

Sanders is dressing for his second Super Bowl.

Of note: Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery (former Steelers WR).

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