Pro Dawgs contribute to Super Bowl win

Three former Georgia Bulldogs played in Sunday night's thrilling Super Bowl that ended on a dramatic 48-yard field goal by New England's <b>Adam Vinatieri</b> to clinch New England's first ever NFL championship in a huge 20-17 upset of the St. Louis Rams.

While Patrick Pass, Jermaine Wiggins, and Richard Seymour did not win Super Bowl MVP honors, they each played a significant role in their team's victory.

Pass, a reserve fullback who has handled New England's kickoff return chores during the latter half of the season, is a Tucker native who played for Georgia from 1996 to 1999. He averaged 28.3 yards on 3 returns to lead both teams.

Jermaine Wiggins #85 of the New England Patriots flies through the air when trying to jump over Anthony Dorsett #33 of the Oakland Raiders during the third quarter of the AFC Playoff game at Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Massachuesetts. The Patriots came from behind to win 16-13 in overtime. Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Wiggins, a transfer from Marshall, lettered for the Dawgs in 1997 and 1998 and led all Patriots tight ends with 14 receptions during the regular season.

Wiggins caught fire during the playoffs with 10 receptions in the Snow Bowl against the Raiders, another Patriots victory. He made two receptions for 14 yards in the Super Bowl. The second catch put the Patriots into field goal range in the final seconds of the game.

The win is especially sweet for Wiggins since he is a native of East Boston.

Wiggins told the Boston Herald, "Every kid who grows up in Boston wants to play for one of the teams, the Celtics, the Red Sox, whatever. And here I am, playing for the Patriots, and we won the Super Bowl. How about that?"

Seymour is the rookie, the Patriots' first round draft choice who came on strong in the second half of the season. After recovering from early season injuries, Seymour became the run-stopping force he was drafted to be.

The native of Gadsden, South Carolina only recorded three combined tackles but was very active the entire game. He plugged running lanes for all-world running back Marshall Faulk, who was held to only 76 yards rushing for the night.

Fullback Patrick Pass #35 of the New England Patriots tries to gain yardage as he's pursued by Leonard Little #91 and Mark Fields #55 of the St. Louis Rams during Super Bowl XXXVI. Credit: Brian Bahr/Getty Images
One of Seymour's three tackles was a sack of NFL MVP Kurt Warner in the third quarter as the Rams were driving into Patriots territory. The sack basically stopped the drive as Warner then threw two incomplete passes and the Rams were forced to punt. Seymour also narrowly missed a few more sacks as Warner showed some good mobility in the pocket.

"I think this is just a beautiful thing at this point, being a rookie and having as much success as I have had,'' said Seymour in the Boston Herald. "Coming in, I just wanted to be a part of this football team and I think that's what this football team was looking for."

All can be proud of their role in a total team victory. Hopefully the current crop of Bulldogs can learn from their example.

Pro Dawgs Notes: Washington CB Champ Bailey was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl squad after Eagles CB Troy Vincent was unable to play due to a groin injury.

First image caption: Defensive tackle Richard Seymour #93 of the New England Patriots celebrates after sacking St Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner during the second half of Super Bowl XXXVI at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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