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UC Super Bowl connections

From coaches and players with two rings
to graphic designers and performers

by Deborah Rieselman, 1-13

    As SuperBowl-itis moves into the plague stage, we decided to help ease symptoms with some mostly forgotten trivia involving UC connections with the game. Did you know, for instance, that 10 Bearcats have earned Super Bowl rings? Or that the Feb. 3, 2013, game includes six former Bearcats — alumni and coaches — including Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who coached at UC for seven seasons.
    For more fun, notice the years at the end of each listing to find Bearcats who played together or against one another in the same Super Bowl. If we've missed anyone, be sure to drop us a line (magazine@uc.edu).

Harbaugh's bio from UC's 1996 Media Guide

More UC links to Super Bowl XLVII

Cris Collinsworth, JD '91, wide receiver with Cincinnati Bengals in two Super Bowls ('82, '89), then became a sports commentator with HBO, NBC and Fox, leading to 13 Emmys; has broadcast two Super Bowl telecasts ('05 and '12), as well as hosting a Super Bowl preview this year — '82, '99, '05, '12, '13

Craig Ver Steeg, UC offensive assistant '90-93, senior offensive assistant with Baltimore Ravens in this Super Bowl — '13

Don Martindale, UC assistant '96-98, Raven's inside linebackers coach for this game — '13

Chris Hewitt, UC student athlete '93-96, Raven's assistant special teams coach this year — '13

Mike Solari, UC assistant '81-82, 49ers offensive line coach for this Super Bowl — '13

Super Bowl records

* denotes Super Bowl winners

Rich Karlis, '81, Bearcat kicker, holds Super Bowl records for most field-goal attempts (making 3 of 6), as well as tying the record for longest field goal made (48 yards) in '87; best known for being the last NFL field-goal kicker to kick barefoot full time, including an AFC Championship-winning OT field goal in Cleveland in sub-zero temperatures, which took the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl; also played in the next year's Super Bowl game — '87 & '88

*Mike Tomlin, Bearcats defensive backs coach '99-00, became youngest head coach to lead team to Super Bowl victory (36 years old with Steelers in '09), third African-American to coach a Super Bowl team; Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive-backs coach in Super Bowl '03 victory, Steelers head coach for Super Bowl victory '09 — '03 & '09

*Jim O'Brien
, '70, Bearcat's receiver/kicker, national scoring champ in '68 with 142 points, kicked Super Bowl-winning 32-yard field goal for Baltimore Colts with five seconds left on the clock (more than 30 years passed before another Super Bowl was won on a field goal in the final seconds) — '71

More UC players and the big game

* denotes Super Bowl winners

Brig Owens, Ed '65, HonDoc '08, former Bearcat quarterback, 13-year NFL career as a defensive back with Dallas and Washington, served several years as associate counsel to the NFL Players Association, in Super Bowl with Redskins — '73

*Troy Evans, Bus '00, Bearcat linebacker, special teams captain with New Orleans Saints, won Super Bowl ring in Miami — '10

*Andre Fraizer, '05, UC linebacker '01-04, with Steelers for two Super Bowl wins — '06 & '09

Mike Wright, 05, Bearcat defensive end, played in Super Bowl with the Patriots — '08

*Tyjuan Hagler, Ed '04, Bearcat linebacker, part of Indianapolis Colts victory at Miami Super Bowl — '07

*Brad Jackson, '97, lettered all four years in Bearcat football and three times in basketball, ended UC career third in school history for all-time tackles, won Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens — '01

*Reggie Harrison, '74, Bearcat running back, tailback hero of the Pittsburgh Steelers' who made game-changing play that led to the Steelers Super Bowl victory over Dallas — '76

More coaches from UC

* denotes Super Bowl winners

*Rex Ryan, now head coach with the New York Jets, was UC assistant head coach/defensive coordinator '96-97, Baltimore Ravens defensive line coach, Super Bowl victory — '01

Bill Davis, '89, four-year letter-winner for UC as quarterback and wide receiver '85-88, assistant linebackers coach for Arizona Cardinals' Super Bowl visit — '09

*Amos Jones, UC assistant coach (1999-2002), assistant special-teams coach for Steelers, Super Bowl winner — '09

*Larry Zierlein, UC offensive line coach 1997-2000), offensive line coach for Steelers, Super Bowl winner — '09

Mike Bajakian, Bearcat offensive quality control/wide receivers ('10-12), held the same title for Chicago Bears' Super Bowl trip — '07

Halftime-show connections to UC

Al Hirt, CCM '41, HonDoc '68, halftime performer on the trumpet — '67, '72, '78

Randy Edelman, CCM '69, HonDoc '04, famed composer, orchestrator and conductor; composed music used in past Super Bowls

Scott Caudill
, A&S '83, MTV Networks administrative manager, Super Bowl halftime show (responsible for organizing and transporting 3,000 teenagers to appear on halftime show with 'N Sync and Aerosmith) — '01

Phil Solomon, CCM '93, stunt artist and entertainer who appeared on the televised Super Bowl — '02

Rhys Williams, sociology professor, quoted in the New York Times regarding Janet Jackson's costume malfunction at the Super Bowl — '04 http://magazine.uc.edu/issues/0904/uc-experts.html#Rhys


Eric Tepe, Bus '06, actor in national Toyota commercial — '12

Super Bowl art

Norikazu "Tom" Tsuchiya, A&S '95, sculpted 102-pound Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award for the NFL to recognize best offensive linemen, unveiled and first presented at Super Bowl — '09

Zach Norman, DAAP '06, worked on designing graphics for two Super Bowls while a student and an alumnus working at Infinite Scale Design Group — '06 & '08

Travis Lee, DAAP '05, played a lead role in designing and master-planning event décor for five Super Bowls — '05-09

Paul Gilger, DAAP '78, architect and set designer who has designed set pieces for Super Bowl telecasts

Graphic-design co-ops

Dan Phillips, DAAP '08, created Super Bowl art for the stadium and Miami community — '07

Justin Curtis, DAAP '08, and Sarah Dunn, DAAP '09, created Super Bowl art for the stadium and Phoenix community, working with alumni Lee and Norman (above) — '08

Laura Fahey, DAAP '10; Ryan Taeuber, DAAP '09; and Jen Vitello, DAAP 10, created Super Bowl art for the stadium and Tampa community — '09


Jeff Geiser, UC sports communications director, served as public relations volunteer assistant for the NFL, Super Bowl XLV — '12

Ethical Dilemma

April Mack, Ed '96, Blue Ash College employee, won a trip for four to a Super Bowl, including airfare, lodging and $7,000, all of which she declined because she won the prize by using a UC purchasing card — '05

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