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100-photo Super gallery: Mormons, locals playing in previous Super Bowls (100 items)

By , Deseret News

Jan. 28, 2014

Editor's note: This is not an all-inclusive list of every local or Mormon to compete in the Super Bowl. It is, however, photos of as many players and coaches we had access to.

From Steve Young and Jim McMahon to Marv Fleming and Lionel Aldridge, there have been plenty of college football stars who suited up in Utah and went on to play in the Super Bowl later in their careers.

Likewise, there have been numerous Mormons who've followed the same path. These men have experienced the thrill, and sometimes agony, that comes with playing in the NFL's annual championship game.

Here's a visual look at some of those players, and a few coaches, competing that day on the sport's biggest stage.

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1 of 100. Lionel Aldridge, Super Bowl II

Oakland's Hewritt Dixon (35) is upended trying to go over the line in the first period of the Super Bowl in Miami, Fla., Jan. 14, 1968. Green Bay defenders in white are Utah State's Lionel Aldridge (82) and Ray Nitschke (66). Aldridge started at defensive end for the Packers in the game, as well as in Super Bowl I.

2 of 100. Marv Fleming, Super Bowl II

Green Bay Packers Donny Anderson (44) dashes into the end zone on a 2-yard run against Oakland in the third period of Super Bowl II in Miami, Fla., Jan. 14, 1968. Others shown are Oakland's Bill Laskey (42) and Packers Jerry Kramer (64) and Marv Fleming (81). Fleming, who played collegiately at Utah, started at tight end for Green Bay and had four catches for 35 yards.

3 of 100. Earsell Mackbee, Super Bowl IV

Minnesota defensive back Earsell Mackbee knocks down a pass intended for Kansas City receiver Otis Taylor, who loses his shoe, during the first half of Super Bowl IV, Jan. 11, 1970, in New Orleans. Mackbee, who played collegiately at Utah State, started at cornerback for the Vikings.

4 of 100. Cornell Green, Super Bowl VI

Miami running back Jim Kiick breaks Dallas' Chuck Howley's tackle as he picks up a good gain during the Super Bowl in New Orleans, Jan. 16, 1972. Other Dallas players Cornell Green (34) and Larry Cole (63). Green, who played collegiately at Utah State, started at strong safety for the Cowboys in Dallas' 24-3 win.

5 of 100. Manny Fernandez, Super Bowl VI

Dallas running back Duane Thomas is stopped by Miami tacklers after picking up a short gain during the Super Bowl game in New Orleans, Jan. 16, 1972. Miami tacklers are, from left, Doug Swift, Nick Buoniconti and Manny Fernandez. Fernandez played collegiately at Utah and started at defensive tackle for the Dolphins.

1. Ben H
Clearfield, UT,
Jan. 28, 2014

You forgot about Al Pupunu who is from Weber State and played tight end for the Chargers in their sole Super Bowl appearance. Pupunu caught a 2-point conversion.

2. Cougzz
St. George, UT,
Jan. 28, 2014

Doug Jolley (BYU) started for the Raiders at tight end in the 2002 Super Bowl.

3. Ben H
Clearfield, UT,
Jan. 28, 2014

And since you mentioned backup quarterback Alex Smith, you should also mention that Steve Young was a backup to Montana and that Weber State's Jamie Martin was a backup to Kurt Warner.

4. Rob of NV
Las Vegas, NV,
Jan. 28, 2014

I noted the author's disclaimer. However, if I remember correctly, Bill Ring, Todd Shell and Tom Holmoe, former BYU players, all played on SF 49ers Super Bowl championship teams. Also, Todd Christensen of BYU was on the Oakland/LA Raiders Super Bowl teams. I am surprised the author did not have access to any images of these players as they have appeared before in the DN. Also, I think Merlin Olsen, from Utah State was still playing for the LA Rams when they lost the Super Bowl to the Pittsburgh Steelers. There are so many years of football in my mind, but I also think Lee Johnson, K from BYU and Leon White, a LB for BYU were on Super Bowl teams with the Bengals or Patriots. One of the Oates (Brad?), from BYU, played for the Broncos Super Bowl teams during the Orange Crush era. Also, I think Chad Lewis and Reno Mahe, both of BYU, played for the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl teams. Rather than see multiple pictures of the same players, I would have liked to have seen a more inclusive list. Certainly there are images available of these players.

5. BleedCougarBlue
Enid, OK,
Jan. 28, 2014

Wow, pretty cool! Lots of players from the state of Utah....BYU, Utah, Utah State primarily. Didn't know that Billick and the coach from the Niners (Siefert) were associated with BYU and Utah.

As a state we are small in population but seem to be well represented at the pro level over the years.

Nice job to everyone!

(BTW, I think my favorite picture was of Steve Young lying flying on his back with his arms up signaling a touchdown. Classic, enthusiastic Steve Young!)