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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.


Mickey Washington

Mickey Washington

Position: DB High School: Beaumont West Brook Team: BUF Superbowl(s): XXVIII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Bills
Wilson Whitley

Wilson Whitley

Position: DL High School: Brenham Team: CIN Superbowl(s): XVI
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Bengals
Foswhitt Whittaker

Foswhitt Whittaker

Position: RB High School: Pearland Team: CAR Superbowl(s): 50
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of Carolina Panthers

Alfred Williams

Position: LB High School: Jones Team: DEN Superbowl(s): XXXII, XXXIII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Denver Broncos
Joe Williams

Joe Williams

Position: RB High School: Lufkin Dunbar Team: DAL Superbowl(s): VI
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys
Sid Williams

Sid Williams

Position: LB High School: Wheatley Team: BAL Superbowl(s): III
Won Super Bowl
Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson

Position: RB High School: Carver Team: GB Superbowl(s): II
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of Vernon Biever/Green Bay Packers
George Wright

George Wright

Position: DT High School: C.E. King Team: BAL Superbowl(s): V
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts

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