Manning continues UT streak

The Super Bowl has a distinctive Tennessee flavor for the 16th consecutive year. When Indianapolis and Chicago meet Feb. 4 in Miami, former UT quarterback and current Colts signal-caller Peyton Manning becomes the latest in a line of past Volunteers to play in the NFL's premier event.

Manning, who earned All-America honors during his 1994-97 Tennessee career, makes it 26 former UT football players in the last 16 Super Bowls.

In addition, Bears head coach Lovie Smith becomes the second former member of the Tennessee football coaching staff to lead a team to the Super Bowl in the last five years.

Smith coached defensive backs at UT during the 1993 and 1994 seasons under Phillip Fulmer. Another former UT coaching staff member, Tampa Bay's Jon Gruden, was a football graduate assistant for the Vols in 1986 and 1987. Gruden's Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003 by a 48-21 margin over Oakland.

On the player front, not since the New York Giants' 20-19 win over Buffalo in 1991 has a Super Bowl been contested without a former Vols footballer on either team's roster.

In all, 44 former Vols have played in the Super Bowl - Manning makes it 45 - dating to tight end Bill Anderson's appearance for the Green Bay Packers in the very first Super Bowl in 1967.

VOLS IN THE SUPER BOWL

TE Bill Anderson, 1967 Green Bay Packers

DB Richmond Flowers, 1971 Dallas Cowboys

LB Steve Kiner, 1971 Dallas Cowboys

P Ron Widby, 1971 & 1972 Dallas Cowboys

DB Bob Petrella, 1972 Miami Dolphins

P Neil Clabo, 1977 Minnesota Vikings

P Craig Colquitt, 1979 & 1980 Pittsburgh Steelers

DB Eddie Brown, 1980 Los Angeles Rams

LB Jack Reynolds, 1980 Los Angeles Rams, 1982 & 1985 San Francisco 49ers

OT Mickey Marvin, 1981 & 1984 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

LB Craig Puki, 1982 San Francisco 49ers

WR Willie Gault, 1986 Chicago Bears

DE Brian Ingram, 1986 New England Patriots

DB Roland James, 1986 New England Patriots

WR Stanley Morgan, 1986 New England Patriots

OG Raleigh McKenzie, 1988 & 1992 Washington Redskins

OG David Douglas, 1989 Cincinnati Bengals

WR Tim McGee, 1989 Cincinnati Bengals

LB Carl Zander, 1989 Cincinnati Bengals

LB Keith DeLong, 1990 San Francisco 49ers

WR Alvin Harper, 1993 & 1994 Dallas Cowboys

DB Bill Bates, 1993, 1994 & 1996 Dallas Cowboys

DE Chris Mims, 1995 San Diego Chargers

WR Cory Fleming, 1996 Dallas Cowboys

DT Reggie White, 1997 & 1998 Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Hayden, 1998 Green Bay Packers

WR Marcus Nash, 1999 Denver Broncos

LB Chuck Smith, 1999 Atlanta Falcons

LB Ben Talley, 1999, Atlanta Falcons

C Trey Teague, 1999 Denver Broncos (injured)

WR Joey Kent, 2000 Tennessee Titans

OT Jason Layman, 2000 Tennessee Titans

LB Leonard Little, 2000 & 2002 St. Louis Rams

RB Jamal Lewis, 2001 Baltimore Ravens

WR Marcus Nash, 2001 Baltimore Ravens

DB Dave Thomas, 2001 New York Giants

OG Cosey Coleman, 2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

RB Charlie Garner, 2003 Oakland Raiders

RB Travis Stephens, 2003 Tampa Bay Bucs (injured)

DT Shane Burton, 2004 Carolina Panthers

DB Deon Grant, 2004 Carolina Panthers

DT Darwin Walker, 2005 Philadelphia Eagles

WR Cedrick Wilson, 2006 Pittsburgh Steelers

QB Peyton Manning, 2007 Indianapolis Colts


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