5 Super Bowl Vols Ready For Big Stage

Feb. 2, 2014

With a national-leading five players in the Super Bowl, get the latest on our VFLs as Peyton Manning looks to win his second Super Bowl tonight on FOX. Manning would be the first quarterback to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl championship, having won in 2007 with the Indianapolis Colts.

Tennessee has had at least one player in 22 of the last 23 Super Bowl, dating to 1992. With five players in the Super Bowl, Tennessee will have its most former players in action in the 48 all-time games.


    On Sunday, four Vols will take the field with the Denver Broncos: Manning, defensive linemen Robert Ayers and Malik Jackson along with punter Britton Colquitt. For Seattle, Tony McDaniel will be in action.

    All-time, 39 times a former Vol has won the Super Bowl. That number will grow by at least one on Sunday. Included in the 39 are multiple winners: Bill Bates (3), Craig Colquitt (2), Alvin Harper (2), Marcus Nash (2), Raleigh McKenzie (2) and Jack Reynolds (2). Manning would be the seventh multi-time winner from Tennessee.

    On Sunday, Britton Colquitt will join his father Craig as the 15th father-son pair to suit up in the Super Bowl. Britton and Craig are the fifth duo to compete for the same alma mater. They would become the fifth father-son duo to win Super Bowl rings, joining the following families: Davis (Bruce & Bruce), DeOssie (Steve & Zak), Griese (Bob & Brian), Moorehead (Emery & Aaron). Of that group only the DeOssies and Mooreheads had both father and son play in the Super Bowl.



    The first Vol to collect a Super Bowl ring was Bill Anderson, who won the first Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers before going on to an illustrious career on the Vol Network alongside John Ward.

    UT Here's a look at some of the recent stories from the media that touch on the Super Bowl Vols. 

  • Stories on Peyton Manning:
    - Associated Press: Peyton Manning's focus only on today
    - CBS Sports.com: Peyton Manning on throwing 'ducks': 'I believe it to be true'
    - Chicago Sun-Times: Time to accept Peyton Manning as the best
    - Denver Post: Peyton Manning wins record 5th MVP Award
    - Denver Post: Video: Peyton Manning feels like real Denver Bronco at Super Bowl
    - ESPN.com: Inside the Manning-Seattle D chess match
    - Indian County Today: Omaha Tribe on Peyton Manning's OMAHA!
    - Knoxville News Sentinel: What's in a name? It's just not Peyton in East Tennessee
    - Newsday: Manning looks to extend legacy
    - New York Daily News: Peyton Manning has eyes on being first QB to win Super Bowl with two teams
    - New York Post: Reign Mann: 60 minutes to `Greatest' for Peyton
    - New York Times: The Matrix of Manning
    - NFL.com: The biggest day of his life
    - NFL.com: John Elway led Peyton Manning's recruitment to Denver Broncos
    - NOLA.com: Winning Super Bowl 2014 would cement Peyton Manning's legacy
    - San Diego Union-Tribune: Manning's legacy still evolving
    - The Telegraph (U.K.): Denver Broncos' American idol Peyton Manning
    - Toronto Star: Super Bowl: Peyton Manning best quarterback of all-time, win or lose
    - USA Today: From QB to pitchman, what you see is what you get with Peyton
    - Washington Post: Peyton Manning shouldn't retire on anyone's terms but his own

    Stories on Robert Ayers
    - Hudson Reporter: A Super Bowl homecoming for Ayers Broncos' DE
    - Jersey Journal: NYC Super Bowl gives Denver's Robert Ayers, a former Vol, a chance to return to Jersey roots
    - Newark Star-Ledger: Super Bowl 2014: Journey to NFL began in Jersey City for Denver Bronco Robert Ayers ...
    - News Gnom: Broncos' Ayers Returns to His Jersey City Grammar School
    - New York Post: Super Bowl trip a homecoming for a host of Broncos
    - New York Post: Broncos' Ayers makes emotional return to Jersey City school
    - The Tennessean: Former Vols comfortable in orange of Broncos
    - The Tennessean: Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers
    - Tennessee Journalist: Former Volunteers In the Super Bowl Spotlight
    - Yahoo Sports: Broncos' Robert Ayers and Mike Adams run out of Super Bowl Tickets

    Punter Colquitt has chance to follow dad's Super footsteps
    Stories on Britton Colquitt
    - New York Times: A Family of Punters Demonstrates the Heredity of Hang Time
    - Associated Press: Super Bowl notebook: Punting in Britton Colquitt's blood
    - New York Post: Family Affair
    - CBSSports.com: Britton Colquitt on Media Day

    Stories on Malik Jackson
    - Orange County Register:  Jackson a big part of orange rush
    - NFL Spin Zone: Super Bowl 2014 Advanced Stats

    Stories on Tony McDaniel 
    - NFL Spin Zone: Super Bowl 2014: Seattle Seahawks DTs vs. Zane Beadles
    - NBCSports: McDaniel: Manning can get happy feet 



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