This Sunday the world will gather together to watch the climax of football known as the Super Bowl. The Denver Broncos will be taking on the Seattle Seahawks in what should be a brutal battle between the game’s record-breaking Broncos offense versus the sensational Seahawks defense. It is a special moment for these two teams, but it is also a big day for the Texas Longhorns.
The Super Bowl will feature three former Longhorns. Earl Thomas, Michael Huff and Quentin Jammer each play on the defensive side of the ball and will be looking to seize their first Super Bowl ring.
Thomas plays safety for the Seattle Seahawks and has been a major contributor for the Seattle secondary. Thomas has had a spectacular season that earned him All-Pro honors. He recorded 105 combined tackles, two forced fumbles and five interceptions. His secondary is known as “The Legion of Boom” and has a reputation for “trash talking.” When asked about it in his Super Bowl interview he stated, “We’re not trash talking, we’re feeding off our own energy.” His interview was later interrupted by fans chanting, “Earl, Earl, Earl!”
Quentin Jammer is a cornerback for the Denver Broncos. It is his 12th year in the league, and his first with the Broncos. His first 11 seasons were with a team that the Denver Broncos had to go through to get to the Super Bowl, the San Diego Chargers. He has played in 12 games this season with the Broncos, recording 14 tackles, one fumble recovery and three passes defended.
Michael Huff has had a roller coaster journey to get to the Super Bowl. He was part of the renowned Longhorns team that won the national title in 2006 by defeating the USC Trojans and was then drafted by the Oakland Raiders. After seven years with the Raiders, he was released in 2013 and signed by the Baltimore Ravens shortly after. He was a Raven for only seven games when he was released again, only to be signed by the Denver Broncos two weeks later. This is his first postseason appearance in his eight year NFL career. His trip to the Super Bowl makes him only the 11th Texas player to win a national title and play in a Super Bowl.
The University of Texas will watch the game with pride because although it is uncertain as to whether the Broncos or Seahawks will be crowned Super Bowl Champions, one thing is certain-a Longhorn will be lifting the Lombardi.