The University of Wisconsin has added another Super Bowl champion to its history books.
Although he caught the game’s first pass for 18 yards and nothing else, former Wisconsin tight end Owen Daniels can call himself a Super Bowl champion after the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers, 24-10, in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday.
Daniels reached the pinnacle of his N.F.L. career in his 10th season. A fourth-round pick of Houston in 2006, Daniels was a two-time pro bowler for the Texans, played the 2014 season with Baltimore and joined Denver in March on a three-year contract.
Coming to Wisconsin in 2002 as a high school quarterback at Naperville (Ill.) Central before switching to tight end, Daniels started the final two seasons for the Badgers, playing in 43 games with 62 catches for 852 yards and eight touchdowns.
In the 50 year history of the Super Bowl, 29 former Wisconsin student athletes have appeared in the game, including 17 since 2000 and at least one in the last five seasons. A total of 15 players have won 20 Vince Lombardi trophies.
On the other sideline, former Wisconsin punter Brad Nortman was one of the few players who delivered for Carolina. Punting seven times, Nortman - a sixth-round pick of the Panthers in the 2012 draft - averaged 45 yards on his kicks, putting one 61 yards and one inside the 20.
Lettering from 2008-11, Nortman ranks third in school history with career punting average of 42.1 yards per punt (min. 100 attempts), fifth in UW history with 8,383 career punting yards and sixth in UW history with 199 career punts.