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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.


Elvis Patterson

Elvis Patterson

Position: DB High School: Yates Team: NYG, DAL Superbowl(s): XXI, XXVIII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys
Reggie Phillips

Reggie Phillips

Position: DB High School: Yates Team: CHI Superbowl(s): XX
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Chicago Bears
Jose  Portilla

Jose Portilla

Position: OT High School: Aldine MacArthur Team: ATL Superbowl(s): XXXIII
Won Super Bowl
Greg Pruitt

Greg Pruitt

Position: RB High School: Forest Brook Team: OAK Superbowl(s): XVIII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Oakland Raiders
Manny Ramirez

Manny Ramirez

Position: OL High School: Willowridge Team: DEN Superbowl(s): XLVIII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Denver Broncos
Greg Robinson-Randall

Greg Robinson-Randall

Position: High School: La Marque Team: NE Superbowl(s): XXXVI
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman
Emmanuel Sanders

Emmanuel Sanders

Position: WR High School: Bellville Team: PIT, DEN Superbowl(s): XLV, 50
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Chicago Bears
Thomas Sanders

Thomas Sanders

Position: RB High School: Giddings Team: CHI Superbowl(s): XX
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Chicago Bears
Bo Schobel

Bo Schobel

Position: DE High School: Columbus Team: IND Superbowl(s): XLI
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts
Mike Singletary

Mike Singletary

Position: LB High School: Worthing Team: CHI Superbowl(s): XX
Won Super Bowl
Super Bowl Hall of Fame Hero Hall of Fame (1998)
Photo courtesy of the Chicago Bears

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