A former LSU player has participated in the Super Bowl each of the last 13 years. That's the longest streak in the SEC, and it's guaranteed to extend.
The Tigers have a former player on the active roster of all four teams still alive in the NFL Playoffs. That will add to what's already an impressive total of LSU's Super Bowl representatives. Entering this year, 51 former Tigers have played in the Super Bowl, with at least one winning a ring in 11 of the last 13. LSU has produced 29 players to win Super Bowl rings, eight of which have won multiple.
In total, 35 of the 48 Super Bowls played have had an LSU player in it, and that will extend to 36 after Super Bowl XLIX.
Matt Flynn has only played in seven games this season as the backup to one of the best in the game. He hasn't appeared in this year's playoffs, but he's a moment away from taking the field. Aaron Rodgers continues to play with a strained left calf muscle, so any further damage could push Flynn to the big stage. He might be a bit rusty though. He's thrown 16 passes this year, only one since Nov. 23. If the Packers win this year, Flynn would earn his second Super Bowl ring after serving as Rodgers' backup in Super Bowl XLV.
Tharold Simon started opposite Richard Sherman in Seattle's 31-17 victory against the Carolina Panthers. He recorded five tackles, but did have some trouble at times containing Carolina's Kelvin Benjamin. Simon's second year in the league has been more promising than his rookie season. Foot injuries left him sidelined for the entirety of the 2013 season, but in 2014 he's earned a steady role in one of the NFL's best secondaries. He too has a chance to earn a second Super Bowl ring as the Seahawks look to repeat as champions.
LSU has a pair of former Tigers on the Colts' defense. LaRon Landry has started both playoff games at safety, while Ricky Jean-Francois has a steady reserve role along the defensive line. Landry has 11 total tackles in the two games. Jean-Francois contributed a sack in the game against Cincinnatti. Jean-Francois could make his second Super Bowl appearance (2012 with San Francisco) but is still searching for his first ring. Kadron Boone is also a member of the Colts' practice squad.
Brandon LaFell has started 13 games for the Patriots this season. He had five catches for 62 yards against the Ravens this past weekend, and his 23-yard touchdown grab late in the fourth quarter served as the game-winner. This season he has 79 total receptions for more than 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns — career highs across the board. He's hoping to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in his first season with the Patriots. Stevan Ridley would also be in line to get his first ring, though he's currently on injured reserve after tearing his ACL and MCL in Week 6.
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