Lion Alums Super Bowl Bound

With the matchup set, a handful of former Penn Staters are preparing to make an impact in Detroit in order to earn a Super Bowl ring. See which Nittany Lions alums are participating in the championship game and representing Penn State.

The Steelers have two Nittany Lion representatives on their Super Bowl bound team:

Jeff Hartings: With ten years in the NFL, Hartings is the starting center for Pittsburgh and has been instrumental in the offensive success the Steelers have enjoyed this season. A two-time All-American and three-time All-Big Ten selection, Hartings was a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award and an Academic All-American. He did not allow a sack during his senior season and recorded 102 knockdowns.

Dick Hoak: The longest tenured coach in Steelers history, this is Hoak's 44th year with the team and his 34th consecutive season as a Steelers assistant coach. Currently the Running Backs Coach, during his 13 seasons under Cowher, the team has compiled 28,088 rushing yards, the most in the NFL and the only club to rush for more than 28,000 yards. Pittsburgh has led the league in rushing yards in three of the past 13 years (1994, 1997 and 2001) and has been ranked in the top five in seven of the past 13 seasons. A standout running back and quarterback at Penn State, Hoak played from 1958 to 1960, and was named his team's MVP as a senior.

Darren Perry: First year Defensive Backs Coach Darren Perry was a secondary standout for the Nittany Lions, pulling in 15 interceptions over his career to tie for the second leading spot in school history. He also set school records for interception return yards at 299 and interceptions for touchdowns with three. Perry had six interceptions his senior year and returned two for touchdowns.

The Seahawks are also represented by two former Nittany Lions:

Bobby Engram: With ten years in the league, Engram leads the Seahawks in receptions and yardage with 67 catches for 778 yards, an average of 11.6 yards per catch. He also has three touchdowns. He set school records with 167 career receptions for 3,026 yards and 31 touchdowns. His 786 career punt return yards ranked second all-time to O.J. McDuffie's 1,059 yards. He gained 4,043 all-purpose yards, joining Blair Thomas (4,512) and Curt Warner (4,982) as only Nittany Lions to gain more than 4,000 yards. A second-team All-American amd first-team All-Big Ten selection, he won the Biletnikoff Award, given to top receiver in nation.

Joe Jurevicius: Jurevicius is the second leading receiver on Seattle in both receptions and yardage with 55 pull ins for 694 yards, an average of 12.6 yards per catch. He has scored 10 touchdowns. This is the third Super Bowl Jurevicius will play in. Previously he played in Super Bowl XXXV with the New York Giants and Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He ranks sixth on Penn State's career-record list with 94 receptions, fourth with 1,894 yards and fourth with 15 touchdowns. As a senior in 1997, was second-team All-America and second team All-Big Ten selection. He was also a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award. Ironically, only Bobby Engram (11 in 1995 and 13 in 1993) had more scoring receptions in a season for the Lions.


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