Sunday, February 2, 2014

NFL Players born on a Super Bowl Sunday

It's Super Bowl Sunday, the biggest day of the American sports calendar. I'm far from being a huge football fan, but I always get pulled in by the playoffs, and I'll certainly be watching this evening. Because I'm not especially knowledgable about football, I've never written anything about it here, but today I decided to take a look through the records as Pro-Football-Reference.com to find out how many NFL players were born on a Super Bowl Sunday. I don't believe this information will be of any help to you in winning any of your prop bets, but it's something.

(Since baseball is my love, I researched the MLB players born on Super Bowl Sundays too. You can find those guys here.)

I discovered that there have been 17 players in NFL history born on a Super Bowl Sunday.

At first that number struck me as surprisingly low, but upon further consideration, it seems like about what we should expect. Today's game is Super Bowl XLVIII (that's 48, for those of who not down with Roman numerals), but of course any baby born in the last 20 years or so is not yet old enough to have made it to the NFL, so we're looking at probably 26 days on which a baby could have been born and already have made it.

Here they are:

January 15, 1967


Super Bowl I - The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.

Fred DeRiggi was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He appeared in 2 games as a defensive lineman for the Patriots in 1990.

January 16, 1972


Super Bowl VI - The Dallas Cowboys defeat the Miami Dolphins 24-3

Joe Horn was born in New Haven, Connecticut. A four-time Pro Bowler at wide receiver, he played in 163 games (the most by any player on this list) during a 12-year career (1996-2007) with the Chiefs, Saints, and Falcons. He scored 58 touchdowns, easily the most of any player on this list.

January 14, 1973


Super Bowl VII - The Miami Dolphins defeat the Washington Redskins 14-7

Lee Flowers was born in Columbia, South Carolina. He appeared in 112 games as a defensive back for the Steelers (1995-2002). He had 4 interceptions in his career, and forced 8 fumbles.

January 13, 1974


Super Bowl VIII - The Miami Dolphins defeat the Minnesota Vikings 24-7

Matt Lepsis was born in Conroe, Texas. He appeared in 150 games as an offensive lineman during a 10-year career with the Denver Broncos.

January 12, 1975


Super Bowl IX - The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Minnesota Vikings 16-6

Nate Wayne was born in Chicago, Illinois. The linebacker appeared in 90 games (1998-2005) with the Broncos, Packers, Eagles, and Lions. He had 16 career sacks, along with 9 forced fumbles, and 8 interceptions.

January 9, 1977


Super Bowl XI - The Oakland Raiders defeat the Minnesota Vikings 32-14

Phil Clarke was born in Miami, Florida. He appeared in 35 games with the Saints (1999-2001), recording 33 tackles and 1 sack.

Rod Smart ("He Hate Me") was born in Lakeland, Florida. He appeared as a running back and return man in 53 games with the Eagles and Panthers. He scored 1 touchdown.

January 25, 1981


Super Bowl XV - The Oakland Raiders defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10

Reggie Torbor was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He appeared in 104 games as a linebacker with the Giants, Dolphins, and Bills. He recorded 6.5 sacks, forced 4 fumbles, and had 2 interceptions.

January 24, 1982


Super Bowl XVI - The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21

Keyaron Fox was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He appeared in 98 games (2004-2012) with the Chiefs, Steelers, Redskins, and Texans. He had 1 interception in his career, which he returned for a touchdown.

LeRon McCoy was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He appeared in 10 games for the Cardinals in 2005, making 18 catches for 191 yards and 1 touchdown.

January 30, 1983


Super Bowl XVII - The Washington Redskins defeat the Miami Dolphins 27-17

Kareem Brown was born in Miami Florida. He appeared in 1 game as a defensive lineman with the New York Jets in 2007.

January 20, 1985


Super Bowl XIX - The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Miami Dolphins 38-16

Ali Highsmith was born in Miami, Florida. He appeared in 20 games as a linebacker and special teams player for the Cardinals in 2008 and 2009. He recorded 6 tackles.

Tony McDaniel was born in Hartsville, South Carolina. The defensive lineman has appeared in 95 games since 2006 with the Jaguars, Dolphins, and Seahawks. He has 10.5 sacks in his career.

January 25, 1987


Super Bowl XXI - The New York Giants defeat the Denver Broncos 39-20

Isaako Aaitui was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa. He appeared in 1 game with the Miami Dolphins in 2013, recording 1 tackle from the defensive line.

Andre Smith was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He has appeared in 59 games as an offensive lineman for the Bengals since 2009.

January 22, 1989


Super Bowl XXIII - The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16

Marcus Dowtin was born in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He has appeared in 12 games since 2012 as a linebacker and special teams player for the Jets, Eagles, Bills, and Giants, recording 6 tackles.

January 27, 1991


Super Bowl XXV - The New York Giants defeat the Buffalo Bills 20-19

Orson Charles was born in Tampa, Florida. He has appeared in 29 games since 2012 as a tight end and special teams player for the Bengals. He has 9 career catches for 109 yards.

Of those 17 players, Rod Smart, Reggie Torbor, and Keyaron Fox are the only ones who've also played in a Super Bowl. Smart returned 4 kickoffs for the Panthers in their Super Bowl 38 loss. Torbor started and had 2 tackles for the Giants in their Super Bowl 42 win. Fox played a few downs for the Steelers in their Super Bowl 45 win.

Tony McDaniel is set join the club by playing for the Seahawks today.

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