If You’re a Sports fan, there is a good chance that tomorrow after the Buckeyes/Gophers game, you will be locking down the food and beverage for what is know known as America’s biggest game.
The Super Bowl has had some of the most memorable moments in sports history. Let’s take a look at some memorable moments from THE Ohio State Alumni to play in a super bowl contest.
Santonio Holmes’ game winning catch at Super Bowl XLIII – When the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers headed to Tampa Bay to play Super Bowl XLIII, many didn’t believe that it would come down to the wire.
The Cardinals had sneaked in as the wild card, but their dynamic offense kept them in the ballgame. In fact they led by three in the fourth quarter with just :50 seconds remaining and the Steelers at the six yard line.
That’s when Buckeye Santonio Holmes made the catch of his career.
When the game ended, Holmes was named the only Super Bowl MVP in history to play at Ohio State. The play-maker had nine catches in the game, four on the winning drive, and tallied 139 yards receiving. It might be a while before that is topped as the best moment by a Buckeye in the super bowl.
Mike Vrabel’s Offensive Touchdowns in Super Bowl XXXVIII and XXXIX – Not many would of thought that one of Ohio State’s best defensive players in it’s history would of been a key factor offensively in two different super bowls.
Ohio State’s record holder for sacks and tackles for loss for quite some time, Vrabel came to Buckeye nation as a tight end, but eventually moved over on the defensive side of the ball. For most athletes, the story would end there.
But Vrabel caught a one yard touchdown pass with just under three minutes to go in Super Bowl XXXVIII to give the Patriots the lead. This would be a momentum changer, despite Ricky Proehl scoring and tying the ballgame with one minute to go in the ballgame. Without Vrabel’s catch, Adam Vinatieri wouldn’t have had the chance to kick the game winning field goal for the Patriots over the Panthers.
One year later, Super Bowl XXXIX pitted the Eagles against the Patriots down in Jacksonville, Florida. Bill Belichek went to Mike Vrabel near the goal line yet again, this time not waiting to near the end of the game. With the score tied at 7 in the third quarter, Vrabel caught a touchdown pass to take the lead from two yards out.
Vrabel has caught every pass ever thrown to him and all of his receptions have been in the end zone.
Jack Tatum Tattoos Sammy White Super Bowl XXI - “The Assassin” was known for his fearsome hits in his time in the NFL, including a career ending shot on Daryl Stingley in a 1978 pre-season game that paralyzed the Patriots receiver below the waist.
But just one season before in Super Bowl XXI against the Vikings, Raiders defensive back Jack Tatum had one of the biggest hits in super bowl history. Some would consider it his signature hit. With the Raiders up 32-14, Tatum met Vikings receiver Sammy White in the middle of the field and damn near ripped his head off his shoulders.
Matt Snell Scores in the biggest upset of Super Bowl History, Super Bowl III – When Joe Namath told all of the nation that he was going to beat the heavy favored Baltimore Colts, he knew that he would need more than just a solid performance from himself.
Enter in Matt Snell, who jumped to the AFL for a chance to play right away. The former Buckeye scored the go-ahead touchdown in Super Bowl III and the only touchdown for the Jets that day. Over the years, many have forgot about the bruising fullback, but it was him that should of won the MVP back in 1969.
Snell carried the ball a then record 30 times for a total of 121 yards. His movement of the chains set up a handful of field goals and many would argue with that game and that touchdown, he put the Jets on the map.
The Jets have not scored a touchdown in the Super Bowl since.
Ohio State Players in This Year’s Super Bowl:
Green Bay Packers – LB A.J. Hawk, NT Ryan Pickett, LB Matt Wilhelm
Pittsburgh Steelers – S Will Allen
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