Stafford Adds Name to SEC QBs Who Have Won a Super Bowl List
In a thrilling game on Sunday, Matt Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals and won Super Bowl LVI. This win puts Stafford on the exclusive list of quarterbacks from the SEC who have won a Super Bowl, a list that only five other QBs have cracked.
Bart Starr | Super Bowl I and II
Starr played at Alabama for four years (1952-55) and put up mediocre stats while at the university, with 10 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, but was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 17th round of the 1956 NFL Draft (pick #200). At Green Bay, he won Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II, putting up 250 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the first one and 202 yards and one touchdown in the second one. He also won Super Bowl MVP in both of them, as well as winning many other awards such as 1966 NFL MVP, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, and got his number (15) retired by the Packers.
Joe Namath | Super Bowl III
Namath definitely had the best college career of the Crimson Tide Super Bowl winning QBs in his time at the university (1962-64), playing for Alabama for three years and putting up 24 touchdowns and 20 interception and leading the Tide to a national championship in 1964. He was drafted in first rounds of both the 1965 AFL Draft (pick #1) and NFL Draft (pick #12), ultimately choosing the New York Jets in the AFL and winning Super Bowl III just four years into his professional career, passing for 206 yards yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in the game. He won Super Bowl MVP, along with other awards in his career like two-time AFL MVP (1968, 1969), Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, and got his number (12) retired by the Jets.
Ken Stabler | Super Bowl XI
Stabler was a freshman at Alabama in 1964 when Namath won his national championship, and played for the university from 1965-67 where he threw 18 touchdowns and just as many interceptions. He was drafted in the second round of the 1968 NFL Draft (pick #52) by the Oakland Raiders, and won Super Bowl XI with them, passing for 180 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. In his professional career, he won 1974 NFL MVP, made First-team NFL All-Pro, and led the NFL twice in passing touchdowns in a single season.
Peyton Manning | Super Bowl XLI and 50
Considered by many as one of the greatest QBs ever, Manning played college football at Tennessee (1994-97), where he passed for 89 touchdowns and 33 interceptions en route to being drafted as the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He won Super Bowl XLI with the Colts as well as Super Bowl MVP, passing for 247 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also is the only SEC QB to win a Super Bowl with two different teams as he won Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos, passing for 141 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in what would be the final game of his career. Manning is a very accomplished QB, winning many awards in his career such as five-time NFL MVP (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013), was inducted into both the Colts Ring of Honor (also had his jersey retired by the team) and the Broncos Ring of Fame, and became a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in his first year of eligibility with the committee only taking 13 seconds to debate if he should be selected or not.
Eli Manning | Super Bowl XLII and XLVI
Manning played at Ole Miss from 2000-03, where he threw for 81 touchdowns and 35 interceptions, and was drafted as the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He won Super Bowl XLII and XLVI with the Giants both against Tom Brady's New England Patriots, going for 255 yards passing, two touchdowns and one interception in the first game and 296 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the second game. Along with winning Super Bowl MVP in both of those games, he has other accomplishments in his career such as being the Maxwell Award winner, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner, and being inducted into the Giants' Ring of Honor as well as having his jersey retired by the team.
Matthew Stafford | Super Bowl LVI
Stafford capped off his first season on the Rams, after not winning a single playoff game in his 12 years with the Detroit Lions, with a win in Super Bowl LVI, recording 283 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the game. Stafford keeps the year of Georgia sports going strong (both the Atlanta Braves won the World Series and the Georgia Bulldogs won the national championship last season) as he went to Georgia from 2006-08, putting up 51 touchdowns and 33 interceptions in his college career. Stafford was drafted by the Lions as the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, and never had a real chance to win it all until he was traded to the Rams last January, where it took him only one season to prove himself worth the three draft picks they traded for him.
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