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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.


Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

Position: S High School: West Orange-Stark Team: SEA Superbowl(s): XLIX, XLVII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Seattle Seahawks
Rodney Thomas

Rodney Thomas

Position: RB High School: Groveton Team: TEN Superbowl(s): XXXIV
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Titans
Thurman Thomas

Thurman Thomas

Position: RB High School: Willowridge Team: BUF Superbowl(s): XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII
Won Super Bowl
Super Bowl Hall of Fame Hero Hall of Fame (2007)
Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Bills
Godwin Turk

Godwin Turk

Position: LB High School: Wheatley Team: DEN Superbowl(s): XII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Denver Broncos
Howard Twilley

Howard Twilley

Position: WR High School: Galena Park Team: MIA Superbowl(s): VI, VII, VIII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Miami Dolphins
Tony Ugoh

Tony Ugoh

Position: OL High School: Spring Westfield Team: IND, NYG Superbowl(s): XLIV, XLVI
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts
Ty Warren

Ty Warren

Position: DL High School: Bryan Team: NE Superbowl(s): XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman
Gene Washington

Gene Washington

Position: WR High School: Baytown Carver Team: MIN Superbowl(s): IV
Won Super Bowl
Joe Washington

Joe Washington

Position: RB High School: Port Arthur Lincoln Team: WAS Superbowl(s): XVII, XVIII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Washington Redskins
John Washington

John Washington

Position: DL High School: Houston Sterling Team: NYG Superbowl(s): XXV
Won Super Bowl

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