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Super Bowl Heroes

Houston is no stranger to the Super Bowl. Despite never having a team from Houston play in the big game the history of the Super Bowl can’t be written without highlighting the contributions of our hometown. There are 118 players who grew up in Houston and Southeast Texas that have gone on to play in the Super Bowl, with at least one player from the area competing in 48 of the last 50 Super Bowls.

Some Houstonians have played in as many as four Super Bowls (Larry Izzo, Ted Johnson, Thurman Thomas) and have won as many as three Super Bowl rings (Cliff Branch, Larry Izzo, Tim McKyer, Ted Johnson). Five of our native sons on this list (Darrell Green, Mike Singletary, Michael Strahan, Emmitt Thomas, Thurman Thomas) have gone on to become members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Below, you will see and read about Houston’s rich Super Bowl history, Houston’s contributions to the game and how these men came from our neighborhoods to reach the biggest stage in sports. We encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect on the impact Houston and the surrounding area has had on the Super Bowl through the years.


Charles Smith

Charles Smith

Position: DE High School: Beaumont Pollard Team: BAL Superbowl(s): III, V
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts
Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Position: DB High School: West Orange-Stark Team: DAL Superbowl(s): XXVII, XXVIII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys
Tody Smith

Tody Smith

Position: DE High School: Beaumont Pollard Team: DAL Superbowl(s): VI
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys
Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan

Position: DE High School: Westbury Team: NYG Superbowl(s): XXXV, XLII
Won Super Bowl
Super Bowl Hall of Fame Hero Hall of Fame (2014)
Photo courtesy of the New York Giants
Limas Sweed

Limas Sweed

Position: WR High School: Brenham Team: PIT Superbowl(s): XLIII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Steelers
Diron  Talbert

Diron Talbert

Position: DL High School: Texas City Team: WAS Superbowl(s): VII
Won Super Bowl
Otis Taylor

Otis Taylor

Position: WR High School: Worthing Team: KC Superbowl(s): IV
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs
R.C. Thielemann

R.C. Thielemann

Position: OL High School: Spring Woods Team: WAS Superbowl(s): XXII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Washington Redskins
Chuck Thomas

Chuck Thomas

Position: C High School: Stratford Team: SF Superbowl(s): XXIII, XXIV
Won Super Bowl
Emmitt Thomas

Emmitt Thomas

Position: DB High School: Angleton Team: KC Superbowl(s): I, IV
Won Super Bowl
Super Bowl Hall of Fame Hero Hall of Fame (2008)
Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs

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