Mark Nzeocha can join exclusive list Super Bowl Sunday
LARAMIE -- Mark Nzeocha can join an exclusive group Sunday night.
With a 49ers victory over Kansas City, the German-born linebacker will become the eighth former Wyoming Cowboy to hoist the Lombardi trophy. This list is an impressive one, which includes 11 championships in the NFL's biggest game of the season.
Jerry Hill, running back, Baltimore Colts
This running back from Lingle picked up a championship ring in 1970 after his Colts knocked off the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 in Super Bowl V at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Hill scored a one-yard touchdown in Super Bowl III and finished with 29 rushing yards on nine attempts in a stunning 16-7 loss to Joe Namath and the New York Jets.
Jim Kiick, running back, Miami Dolphins
This bruising back from New Jersey played in Super Bowl VII and VII, claiming the title in both, including capping the NFL's only perfect season in 1972. In his first Super Bowl appearance, Kiick carried the ball 12 times for 38 yards and punched in a touchdown from a yard out in a 14-7 win over the Washington Redskins. Kiick scored again from the one-yard line in a 24-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings the following season. He rushed the ball just seven times for 10 yards in the victory.
Joe Williams, running back, Dallas Cowboys
Jim Kiick's back-up in Laramie, Joe Williams, earned his first ring in Super Bowl VI when his Dallas Cowboys hammered Kiick's Dolphins, 24-3. Williams didn't record any stats in the win. He also was a member of the Cowboys' "Taxi Squad" in Super Bowl V. That was a 16-13 loss to Jerry Hill's Colts. Williams was a member of the infamous "Black 14" and was kicked off the team at UW during his senior season.
Tony McGee, defensive end, Washington Redskins
McGee, who was also kicked off the Wyoming football team in the Black 14 incident, went on to play at Bishop College and was selected in the third round of the 1971 NFL Draft. "Mack the Sack" played in Super Bowls XVII and XVIII, winning in his initial appearance, 27-17, over the Miami Dolphins.
Aaron Kyle, defensive back, Dallas Cowboys
Kyle, who left Laramie as the leading tackler in school history with 275, helped lead Dallas to a 27-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII. Kyle was the Cowboys' starting right cornerback that night in New Orleans and picked off a Craig Morton pass and returned it 19 yards. The Broncos turned the ball over a record-setting eight times and threw for just 35 yards.
Jay Novacek, tight end, Dallas Cowboys
No former Wyoming player has had as much success in the big game as Jay Novacek. The athletic tight end was a catalyst in three Dallas Super Bowl titles in the 1990's. In his first Super Bowl appearance, XXVII, Novacek led the Cowboys with seven catches for 72 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown grab from Troy Aikman to open the scoring. Dallas did plenty more of that, knocking off the Buffalo Bills, 52-17. The following season, Novacek caught five passes for 26 yards in a 30-13 victory over the Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII. Novacek and Aikman connected early in Super Bowl XXX for a three-yard touchdown. Dallas outlasted Pittsburgh 27-17 to earn their third title in four seasons. Novacek snagged five passes for 50 yards in the win.
Derrick Martin, defensive back, Green Bay Packers/ New York Giants
As a member of the Green Bay Packers, Derrick Martin hoisted the Lombardi trophy for the first time after a 31-25 win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV. The following season, this time a member of the New York Giants, Martin once again claimed the championship in Super Bowl XLVI with a 21-17 victory over Tom Brady and the Patriots. Martin was a special teams ace in both games.