UConn Football Alumni Who’ve Played in the Super Bowl

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) hands off to Donald Brown (31) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game in Miami, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. The Saints won 31-17. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Former UConn football stars Nick Williams and Blidi Wreh-Wilson are on the Atlanta Falcons’ active roster heading into Super Bowl LI. Let’s take a look back at other Huskies who have participated in the big game:

Nick Giaquinto
AP Photo

1. Nick Giaquinto – RB – Washington Redskins – Super Bowls XVII and XVIII

Regular Season Stats:

1982: 7 G, 70 YDS

1983: 16 G, 425 YDS

Giaquinto remains in the UConn football record books for holding the school’s single game rushing record with 277 yards set in a 1976 game against Holy Cross. In 1983, he played as the first H-Back in NFL history. Giaquinto currently serves as head baseball coach at Sacred Heart University, a position he has held since 1989.

Super Bowls: Giaquinto didn’t record a stat in the Redskins’ 27-17 win over Miami in XVII, but he caught two passes for 21 yards (inlcuding a 14-yarder) in Washington’s 38-9 demolition at the hands of the Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII.

Brian Kozlowski falcons
AP Photo

2. Brian Kozlowski – TE – Atlanta Falcons – Super Bowl XXXIII

Regular Season Stats:

1998: 16 G, 103 YDS, 1 TD

Kozlowski was one of only four true freshmen to earn a varsity letter at UConn. The Brian Kozlowski Award is awarded to UConn players who demonstrate hard work, effort and dedication. His NFL career spanned for 13 seasons after being undrafted in 1993.

Super Bowl: Kozlowski caught exactly one pass for five yards in Atlanta’s 34-19 loss to the Broncos.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) hands off to Donald Brown (31) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game in Miami, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. The Saints won 31-17. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Brown took four handoffs from Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLIV, which the Colts lost, 31-17. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

3. Donald Brown – RB – Indianapolis Colts – Super Bowl XLIV

Regular Season Stats:

2009: 11 G, 450 YDS

Brown is the all-time leading rusher for UConn with 3,800 yards in three seasons. He was drafted with the 27th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, making him the first Husky ever to be drafted in the first round.

Super Bowl: Brown rushed four times for 18 yards and caught one pass for 11 yards in the Colts’ 31-17 loss to the Saints.

Carolina Panthers’ Robert McClain (27) tackles Denver Broncos’ Emmanuel Sanders (10) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Carolina Panthers’ Robert McClain (27) tackles Denver Broncos’ Emmanuel Sanders (10) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

4. Robert McClain – CB – Carolina Panthers – Super Bowl 50

Regular Season Stats:

2015: 16 G, 14 Tackles

McClain was the 2009 winner of the Brian Kozlowski Award. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. McClain is currently with the San Diego Chargers after being claimed off waivers on Dec. 12.

Former UConn star Nick Williams was added to the Falcons' active roster in December. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Former UConn star Nick Williams was added to the Falcons’ active roster in December. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

5. Nick Williams – WR – Atlanta Falcons – Super Bowl LI

Regular Season Stats:

2016: 2 G, 59 YDS

Williams holds the UConn record for yards per return with an average of 28.3. He was an All-Big East First Team selection in 2010 and was named to the 2011 Big East All-Academic Team. He will play in his first Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Super Bowl: We’ll find out next Sunday.

6. Blidi Wreh-Wilson – DB – Atlanta Falcons – Super Bowl LI

Regular Season Stats:

2016: 1 G

Wreh-Wilson was named as UConn’s Most Valuable Player at the end of his final season after being sidelined for much of his junior year with a knee injury. He was drafted with the 70th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. He will also play in his first Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Super Bowl: We’ll find out next Sunday.

SportzEdge.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s