The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl this year (again) and, as Courtney noted yesterday, that meant that four former Hawkeyes got Super Bowl rings: Adrian Clayborn, Riley McCarron, Cole Croston, and James Ferentz. Ferentz was a healthy scratch for the Super Bowl itself, but he still gets a ring. And this wasn't the first time he's been involved in the final game of the season -- far from it.
In fact, James Ferentz has been on a team in three of the last four Super Bowls.
2019: New England Patriots (won Super Bowl)
2018: New England Patriots (lost Super Bowl)
2017: Denver Broncos (n/a)
2016: Denver Broncos (won Super Bowl)
His teams have a 2-1 record in the big game -- not bad! Ferentz himself may not play much, but his presence seems to be a bit of a lucky charm. (Granted, a bigger lucky charm is probably "having Bill Belichick and Tom Brady," but hey.)
The Patriots' win also gives Ferentz a unique piece of history -- and a member of a very select crew:
I might be (probably am) missing someone, but I've found only three players who have won Super Bowl rings with both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady: Adam Vinatieri, Dan Klecko and James Ferentz.— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) February 4, 2019
Not bad, James. Not bad at all.
And a lesson to the other 31 NFL teams out there: if you want to make the Super Bowl, consider adding James Ferentz to your roster.