Gamecock Super Bowl Superlatives

By Rixon Lane

With the Super Bowl matchup set, the Gamecocks will have a player in the game for the third consecutive year. 

Lemuel Jeanpierre will be playing in his second consecutive Super Bowl as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. 

21 Gamecocks have played in the Super Bowl, so we're handing out some superlatives for former South Carolina players who have played on the game's biggest stage. 

 

Winningest Gamecock: Steve Courson

Courson was a lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers during their back-to-back victories in Super Bowls XIII and XIV. He is the only Gamecock to ever be a member of two Super Bowl winning teams. 

 

Best Statistical Performance: George Rogers

Rogers carried the ball five times for 17 yards in Washington's 42-10 win over the Denver Bronco's in Super Bowl XXII. However, Rogers is best remembered for being the tailback who was replaced by rookie Timmy Smith, who set the Super Bowl record for rushing yards. Rogers saw limited playing time due to injuries. 

 

Best To Miss The Game: Robert Brooks & Sidney Rice

Robert Brooks suffered a knee injury in week seven of the 1996 season and missed the remainder of the season. HIs Green Bay Packer team went on to defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI. Sidney Rice tore his ACL in late October of 2013 and was out for the rest of Seattle's run to Super Bowl XLVIII, where the Seahawks defeated the Broncos. 

 

Most Appearances: Bobby Bryant

Bryant was a cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings who played in four Super Bowls during his 13-year career in the NFL. He is the only Gamecocks to play in more than two Super Bowls and is the only Gamecock to lose multiple Super Bowls as a player. Dan Reeves played in two and coached in four during his career. 

 

Longest Wait: Max Runager

Bryant had to wait four years before his second trip to the Super Bowl, but he then proceeded to play in three in four seasons. Max Runager punted for the Philadelphia Eagles in a Super Bowl XV loss to the Oakland Raiders, then waited four years before returning to the big game as a punter for the San Francisco 49ers in a win over the Broncos in Super Bowl XIX.