East Texas Natives Who Have Played in the Super Bowl
This Sunday, we'll gather around tables of hot wings, dip, cold beverages and watch Super Bowl 52. Whether you like it for the commercials or the game, the Super Bowl is kind of a big deal.
This year, another East Texan will be on the field for the Superbowl, Groveton's own Lane Johnson. He is a starting offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles. So, it got me thinking, how many East Texans have played in a Super Bowl?
After some crack research, (pro-football-reference.com, Wikipedia, nfl.com, ESPN) these are East Texans who have made it to the championship, some were a big part of sports history.
Max McGee was born in Overton and attended White Oak high school. He was the first high school player to rush for 3000 yards in a season.
He played receiver for the Green Bay Packers and caught the first ever touchdown in Super Bowl history against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I and helped the Packers to Super Bowl II, too.
Marv Fleming was born in Longview but moved to California to attend High School.
He played in 5 Super Bowls as a tight end for the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I & II and for the Miami Dolphins in VI, VII, VIII.
Pete Lammons was born in Crockett but played high school football at Jacksonville High School. Bum Phillips was his head coach for a short time.
He moved on to college and played at Texas.
He helped the New York Jets to a win in Super Bowl III (the first with the official Super Bowl title). This was also the game Joe Namath famously guaranteed a win for the heavy underdog Jets against the Baltimore Colts.
Thank you to Jerry Tutt.
Billy Newsome was born in Jacksonville.
He played defensive end for Grambling State and won Super Bowl V as a member of the Baltimore Colts.
Ray Jones was born in Lufkin but moved to Louisiana to attend high school.
He went to college at Southern University as a defensive back and helped take the Miami Dolphins to Super Bowl VI.
Benny Malone was born in Tyler but attended high school in Arizona.
He played running back at Arizona State.
He was the back up to running back Mercury Morris for the 1972 Dolphins, who went undefeated and won Super Bowl VII. The only team to have done so in NFL history. He was also part of the Dolphins Super Bowl VIII victory.
Robert Newhouse was born in Longview and played high school football in Hallsville.
He played running back in college at Houston but converted to fullback when drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.
He helped lead the Dallas Cowboys to Super Bowls X, XII and XIII as a fullback. Because of his punishing runs, he earned the nicknames The House and The Human Bowling Ball.
Guy Brown was born in Palestine and went to Palestine High School.
He played linebacker in college at Houston and for the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XII.
Maury Buford was born in Mt. Pleasant and attended high school there.
He was a punter in college for Texas Tech.
He was part of the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX team and played "cowbell" in the famous "Super Bowl Shuffle" video.
Rickey Dudley was born in Henderson and played high school football at Henderson.
He went on to Ohio State as a tight end.
He was a part of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII win.
Aaron Ross played high school football for John Tyler.
He went to Texas, playing cornerback, and won a national championship.
He was drafted by the New York Giants and helped lead them to victories in Super Bowls XLII (they defeated the undefeated New England Patriots) & XLVI.
Jermichael Finley was born in Lufkin and played football at Diboll.
He played college football at Texas.
He played tight end for the Green Bay Packers and helped them win Super Bowl XLV
Matt Flynn was born in Tyler and played quarterback for Robert E Lee.
He went on the college at LSU and lead them to a national championship.
He was the back up quarterback to Aaron Rodgers in Super Bowl XLV. Technically, he did not play but he does have a ring.
He did tie two Green Bay Packers records, most passing yards in a single game (480) and most passing touchdowns in a single game (6)
Fred Coleman was born in Tyler and played football at Robert E Lee.
He played college football at Washington and was a wide receiver for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI
Chris Johnson was born in Gladewater but attended high school at Pine Tree.
In college, he played for Louisville and was a cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens in their Super Bowl XLVII victory.
Jeremy Lane was born in Tyler and played football at John Tyler.
He played college football at Northwestern State in Louisiana.
He is a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks and has been in the last two Super Bowls, XLVIII & XLIX, winning XLVIII.
Teddy Williams was born in Tyler and played high school football at John Tyler
He played college football at UT San Antonio.
He will play in Super Bowl 50 with the Carolina Panthers.
Lane Johnson was born in Groveton in Trinity County. He played quarterback for Groveton High School.
From there, he went to Kilgore College where he played quarterback and tight end his freshman year.
He went on to the University of Oklahoma where he was moved to offensive line.
Johnson was the 4th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.