The Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans’ football seasons are over, but there will still be Texas ties in the Super Bowl.
Atlanta and New England will meet in Houston for Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5. Five of the players on Atlanta’s roster were educated at Texas colleges, while seven Texas products now call themselves Patriots. One of those Lone Star transplants is former Texas defensive lineman Malcom Brown.
In his second season, Brown has recorded 60 tackles and four sacks for New England. In Sunday’s 36-17 win over Pittsburgh, Brown registered four tackles.
Thanks to his play on the field, Brown has helped his Alma mater extend its Super Bowl streak. A Longhorn has reached the Super Bowl in each of the last 12 seasons.
With the Patriots win tonight, Malcom Brown makes it the 12th-straight year a Longhorn goes to the Super Bowl.
— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) January 23, 2017
Texas went from 2002-05 without a Super Bowl representative, but 10 Longhorns or former Longhorns have won a ring since. Here is a breakdown of the last 11 Texas-tinted Super Bowls:
Super Bowl XL: Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10
Defensive lineman Casey Hampton won a Super Bowl with Pittsburgh’s Steelers during the 2005 season, and he celebrated his start with a sack and four tackles. Hampton’s triumph came at the expense of Texas Exes D.D. Lewis and Marcus Tubbs, who logged playing time on Seattle’s defense.
Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17
Running back Cedric Benson and defensive back Nathan Vasher both left Miami empty-handed at the end of the 2006 season. Benson lost a yard over his two carries and he fumbled away the football. Vasher started for the Bears and contributed six tackles and three defended passes.
Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants 17, New England 14
Defensive back Aaron Ross recorded two tackles and a start as New York knocked off a New England team that arrived in Glendale with an unblemished record. Tight end David Thomas was on New England’s roster during the 2007 season, but he was sidelined by a foot injury.
Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23
Hampton tackled two Cardinals and won another Super Bowl, and he joined wide receiver Limas Sweed and offensive lineman Tony Hills on the victor’s roster (Neither Sweed or Hills recorded any stats in the game). Ex-Longhorn Lyle Sendlein started on Arizona’s offensive line.
Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17
After missing out on Super Bowl XLII, Thomas caught one pass in New Orleans’ 14-point win. Thomas turned his only target into a nine-yard gain.
Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25
Hampton had a solo tackle, but he suffered his first loss in a Super Bowl. Jonathan Scott was Pittsburgh’s starting left tackle, and Hills saw some playing time on the offensive line and special teams. Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley and Sweed both represented the Longhorns on the injury report.
Super Bowl XLVI: New York Giants 21, New England 17
Ross earned a start and three tackles as New York once again upended the Patriots. New England offensive lineman Kyle Hix missed the game with an injury.
Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31
Defensive back Chykie Brown and kicker Justin Tucker both contributed to Baltimore’s winning effort, and Tucker’s 38-yard field goal with 4:19 remaining ended up being the difference. Defensive back Tarell Brown forced and recovered a fumble for the 49ers and offensive lineman Leonard Davis also played.
Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle 43, Denver 8
Six of Seattle safety Earl Thomas’ seven tackles were solo stops, and he was DBU’s top student at MetLife Stadium. Defensive backs Michael Huff and Quentin Jammer were both on Denver’s roster, but neither player appeared in the 35-point loss.
Super Bowl XLIX: New England 28, Seattle 24
Earl Thomas increased his tackles to nine in his return to the Super Bowl, but the Seahawks were unable to secure another ring. Quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who finished his college career at SMU but was once Texas’ starting quarterback, was on New England’s practice squad in 2014.
Super Bowl 50: Denver 24, Carolina 10
Running back Fozzy Whittaker suited up for Carolina, and his four carries were converted into 26 yards. Whittaker also recorded a reception and 14 receiving yards.