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Former Kentucky Players Make Their Mark in Super Bowls



Former Kentucky Players Make Their Mark In Super Bowls

The stage is set for the upcoming Super Bowl on February 11 in Las Vegas, and as the teams prepare for the big game, it’s worth highlighting some of the standout performances from players with ties to Kentucky.

One exceptional performance was by the former Louisville standout, Deion Branch, who was named the Super Bowl MVP in 2005. He played a crucial role in the New England Patriots‘ victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, recording a record-tying 11 receptions for 133 yards.

Another player with Kentucky ties is Shaun Alexander, a former Boone County Mr. Football selection. In 2006, he led the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although the Seahawks fell short, Alexander showcased his skills by rushing for an impressive 95 yards in the game.

A familiar face from the University of Kentucky, Vito “Babe” Parilli, made his mark in the 1968 Super Bowl as he kicked two successful point-after-touchdowns for the Oakland Raiders in their match against the Green Bay Packers.

Representing his hometown of Lexington, Dermontti Dawson, a standout at Bryant Station and UK, played a crucial role on the offensive line for the Pittsburgh Steelers in their 1996 Super Bowl loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Dawson’s impressive career gained recognition when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Irv Goode, a native of Newport who played for Boone County and UK, made his mark in the 1974 Super Bowl as a long snapper and backup offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins. Goode’s contributions helped the Dolphins secure a championship title with a decisive victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

These outstanding performances in the Super Bowl by players with Kentucky connections demonstrate the state’s rich football legacy and its significant contributions to the sport.

Rachel Adams

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