Potpourri of Super Bowl facts - some interesting, some completely useless (PART II)

More about Alma Maters and Super Bowls....

  • Three Cal alums have started a Super Bowl - Rodgers will be the fourth.  But, Aaron Rodgers is the first quarterback from Cal to start a Super Bowl since Craig Morton started Super Bowl XII for the Broncos.  Morton also started Super Bowl V - but, for the Dallas Cowboys.
    Before Morton, Joe Kapp started Super Bowl IV for the Vikings.
    Another caveat - Vince Ferragamo actually went to Cal briefly before transferring to Nebraska.
  • Rodgers would be the first player from Cal to win a Super Bowl.
In all, the current schools in the PAC-10 have produced the most Super Bowl starts at QB - 18.
The PAC-10's breakdown is as follows:
  • Stanford leads the way with seven starts - two by Jim Plunkett (XV and XVIII) and five by John Elway (XXI, XXII, XXIV, XXXII and XXXII).
  • UCLA - four starts.  Three victories by Troy Aikman (Super Bowls XXVII, XXVIII and XXX) and a loss by Billy Kilmer in Super Bowl VII.
  • As mentioned, QBs from Cal have started three Super Bowls (four after this weekend).
  • Washington State - two starts.  Mark Rypien won Super Bowl XXVI and and Drew Bledsoe lost in XXXI. 
  • Washington had Chandler losing Super Bowl XXXIII.
Other conferences in the Super Bowl:

  • The Big 10 has produced 13 Super Bowl starts - second to the PAC-10.
    • Six by Purdue, four by Michigan and one each by Illinois, Michigan State and Penn State.
  • The SEC has produced 12
    • Four by Alabama - including the first three - three by Georgia, two by Tennessee, and one each by Florida, LSU and Ole Miss.
  • Independent schools have produced 11.
    • Seven by Notre Dame and four by Navy
Other interesting notes:
  • Quarterbacks who attended current WAC schools are 7-0 in Super Bowls.
    • Terry Bradshaw, who attended Louisiana Tech, won Super Bowls IX, X, XIII and XIV.
    • Jim McMahon and Steve Young attended BYU and won Super Bowls XX and XXIX. 
    • Trent Dilfer, who attended Fresno State, won Super Bowl XXV.
  • If you break it down by schools, Notre Dame and Stanford have won seven apiece. In fact, between Super Bowls XV and XXIV,  Notre Dame and Stanford combined for nine Super Bowl starts.  Four by Montana (Notre Dame), three by Elway (Stanford) and two apiece by Plunkett (Stanford) and Joe Theismann (Notre Dame).
  • Purdue is third on the list of Super Bowl starts with six.  Len Dawson started two, Bob Griese started three and Drew Brees has started one.  
  • Alabama has had four players start Super Bowls - all victories.  In fact, the first three Super Bowls were all won by 'Bama alums - Bart Starr won the first two and Joe Namath won the third. Ken Stabler started for the Raiders in Super Bowl XI.
More to come......if I think of anything else...

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