COLUMBUS, Ohio — Bradley Roby and Jeff Heuerman, as members of the Super Bowl 50-winning Denver Broncos, have increased Ohio State’s total number of Super Bowl winning former players to 32 and the total number of Super Bowl wins by former Buckeyes to 39.
Roby had a game-high three passes defensed in Denver’s 24-10 victory while Heuerman was on the sidelines but unable to play after injuring his knee during fall camp and getting placed on injured reserve.
The Panthers featured four former Buckeyes, all of whom started and/or played extensively: WRs Corey Brown and Ted Ginn, OG Andrew Norwell and S Kurt Coleman. Brown and Ginn led Carolina with four receptions apiece while Norwell was the left guard through the third quarter when he left with a leg injury. Coleman totaled seven tackles.
Mike Vrabel has played on three Super Bowl-winning teams to lead all former Buckeyes. Five other Buckeyes have won two Super Bowls: Paul Warfield, Morris Bradshaw, John Frank, Thomas "Pepper" Johnson and William Roberts.
A total of 70 former Ohio State players have been a part of a Super Bowl team.
Pagac gets a ring
Fred Pagac, a tight end for the Buckeyes from 1971-73, a graduate assistant coach from 1978-81 and an assistant coach with the program for 19 years from 1982-2000, coaches the Broncos’ outside linebackers. This was his first season with the Broncos and his 15th as an NFL assistant, with previous positions with Oakland, Kansas City, Minnesota and Minnesota. He also coached in Super Bowl XXXVII with the Oakland Raiders.
Ohio State’s Super Bowl Winners
2016 CB Bradley Roby, Denver Broncos — Super Bowl 50
2016 TE Jeff Heuerman, Denver Broncos — Super Bowl 50
2015 DB Nate Ebner, New England Patriots – XLVIX
2012 OC Jim Cordle, New York Giants – XLVI
2012 TE Jake Ballard, New York Giants — XLVI
2011 LB A.J. Hawk, Green Bay Packers – XLV
2011 DT Ryan Pickett, Green Bay Packers – XLV
2011 LB Matt Wilhelm, Green Bay Packers — XLV
2010 CB Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans Saints — XLIV