JUST GETTING to the Super Bowl is a career achievement. Winning one is a career maker. And winning more than one? Well, that's rarefied air -- air that seven old Cougars can prove they breath by virtue of the 19 championship rings they collectively own.
Here's how all that jewelry is divvied up:
5 - C/LB Torgy Torgeson
He won two NFL championships as a standout with the Detroit Lions in 1952 and '53, and then collected three Super Bowl rings as an assistant coach on Washington's Super Bowl teams of 1983, '88 and '92.
4 - WR Mike Wilson
Played on four Super Bowl winners with the San Francisco 49ers (1982, '85, '89 and '90).
2 - DT Erik Howard
A mainstay in the starting line up for the New York Giants in Super Bowl wins in 1987 and 1991.
2 - QB Mark Rypien
MVP of the 1992 Super Bowl with Washington and a backup on the team's 1988 title team.
2 - OT/DT Turk Edwards
This college and pro hall of famer and former Redskins head coach won one NFL title as a player with Washington in 1937 and another as an assistant coach there in 1942.
MARK RYPIEN THREW FOR 292 YARDS ON HIS WAY TO DISNEYLAND.
2 - C/LB Mel Hein
Widely viewed as the greatest center in the history of the game, he led the New York Giants to NFL titles in 1934 and '38. Also named league MVP in '38. Never missed a start in 15 NFL seasons.
2 - OL Allan Kennedy
Big Al won two Super Bowl rings with San Francisco, in 1982 and 1985.
COUGAR SUPER NOTES:
The first Cougar on a Super Bowl team was receiver Gail Cogdill with the Colts in Super Bowl III in 1969.
The first Cougar to start in a Super Bowl was defensive back Bernard Jackson, with Denver in 1977.
Center Robbie Tobeck, a mainstay on WSU's 1992 Copper Bowl-winning team, started in two Super Bowls for two teams, Atlanta in 1999 and Seattle in 2005.
The most Cougars in a single Super Bowl is four -- a standard achieved twice. In 1997, when the Packers beat the Patriots 35-21. Drew Bledsoe, Chad Eaton and Ricky Reynolds were with the Pats while safety Chris Hayes was knocking heads for Green Bay. In 1982, Jack Thompson was with the Bengals while Mike Wilson, Allan Kennedy and tight end Eason Ramson were with San Francisco.
The last Cougar to start in a Super Bowl was cornerback Jason David, with the Colts in 2007.
When Carolina faced the New England Patriots in the 2004 Super Bowl, the Panthers dedicated their fight to former Cougar linebacker Mark Fields, who was forced to sit out that season after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease.
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IN 10 NFL SEASONS WITH SAN FRANCISCO, MIKE WILSON COLLECTED 4 SUPER BOWL TITLES AND CAUGHT MORE THAN 2,000 YARDS WORTH OF PASSES, MOSTLY FROM JOE MONTANA.