Stanford Super Bowl Superlatives

Who holds the Stanford record for most touchdowns scored in a Super Bowl? What former Stanford defensive back helped his team become a 1970’s dynasty, but inadvertently aided his archrival? What three former Stanford stars each won two Super Bowl rings? You have questions, we have answers.


67: The number of yards Chris Burford (on four catches) compiled for the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I. No Chiefs player collected more receiving yards that day.

3: Number of Super Bowls (V, VI and X) Blaine Nye started at offensive guard for Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys. Thanks to a career as an all-conference defensive end, Nye is enshrined in Stanford’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He became the first Stanford alum to start three Super Bowls, a feat Jeff Siemon achieved as the Vikings’ middle linebacker.

2: Keeping with the Cowboys theme, the number of Super Bowls Pat Donovan (XII, XIII) started at left tackle for Dallas. The former Montana state high school shot put and 880-yard relay champ reached a pair of Pro Bowls while duplicating Nye’s template. Donovan also earned all-conference honors on The Farm as a defensive end.

XIII: The Super Bowl where someone from Stanford finally found the end zone. On the final play of the first quarter with Pittsburgh holding a 7-0 lead, Roger Staubach outwitted the Steelers’ blitz. When Tony Hill beat Donnie Shell, the Long Beach Poly product raced for a 39-yard score.

33: The number of yards a very dubious pass interference penalty by Benny Barnes awarded Pittsburgh during Super Bowl XIII’s most pivotal sequence. Defending Lynn Swann, Barnes appeared to just get his feet tangled with his longtime foe from USC. The Steelers turned their sudden fortune into a touchdown a few players later, upping their lead to 28-17 early in the fourth quarter
“I have a right to the ball,” protested Barnes, who recovered a fumble in Dallas’ Super Bowl XII win over Denver a year before.
Even the NFL commissioner thought it was the wrong call. “There should have been no penalty called on the Swann-Barnes play,” Pete Rozelle wrote in his reply to a letter from an enraged Cowboys fan.

122.83: Jim Plunkett’s passer rating in two Super Bowl victories. In the Super Bowl record book, only Joe Montana’s (127.83) is higher.

5-22: Bill Walsh’s record as San Francisco’s head coach over halfway into his second season. Those unimpressive numbers – can you imagine a head coach in today’s NFL enjoying longevity after such a blighted start? – are comparable to where Tom Landry (4-20-3) and Chuck Noll (6-21) stood at identical points in their careers.

60: The points threshold, according to Ken Margerum, the Chicago Bears sought to reach during their 46-10 mauling of the Patriots in Super Bowl X X.
“You should have been in here at halftime," Margerum told a New Orleans columnist after catching two passes for 36 yards in this team’s triumph. "The guys were yelling 'Sixty, sixty, let's get sixty.' It was wild."

153: The aggregate receiving yardage by James Lofton in two Super Bowl appearances for Buffalo. The Hall of Famer’s one grab in Super Bowl XXV against the Giants totaled 61 yards. He followed it up with a seven-catch, 92-yard effort a year later versus Washington.

11 ½: The point spread of Super Bowl XXXII, when John Elway led Denver over favored Green Bay after three painful defeats on football’s biggest stage.

8: Elway’s career interceptions, a record, in five Super Bowl appearances.

6: Combined Super Bowl rings owned by Plunkett, Elway and former 49ers linebacker Milt McColl (two apiece). No former Stanford player has won more than two.

5: The number of remaining Tampa Bay Buccaneers, John Lynch included, on the Super Bowl XXXVII champs who had worn their club’s orange uniforms, a symbol of futility for a club that lost 10 or more games 13 times between 1983 and 1996. Tampa’s rise from the ashes culminated in a 48-21 victory over the Raiders where Jon Gruden scored revenge over the team that traded him a year earlier.
"Every play they’ve run, we’ve run in practice," Lynch said afterwards.

2: Doug Baldwin’s career touchdowns in the Super Bowl. Only John Elway (four TDs) has crossed paydirt more in Super Bowl history.

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