Four Former Hawkeyes Earned a Ring
Four former Hawkeye football players were named Super Bowl champions last Sunday night. Adrian Clayborn, Cole Croston and Riley McCarron hold the title for the first time in their career, while James Ferentz is now a two-time Super Bowl champion. The four earned the honor at the end of a 13-3 victory for the New England Patriots over the Los Angeles Rams.
Clayborn, who played against the Patriots two years ago in the big game, contributed a QB hit to the New England defense. This year was Clayborn's eighth in the league, and needless to say, he was pretty excited about finally holding the title.
Dope dope feeling!!!!! SUPER BOWL CHAMPS!!
— Adrian Clayborn (@AJaClay) February 4, 2019
He even got to reunite with his former head coach, who was at the big game supporting his son and a few of his former players.
Late to the party, but this is such a cool picture from Adrian Clayborns Instagram last night. pic.twitter.com/k2xJMSrtyf
— 1460 KXnO (@1460kxno) February 5, 2019
You can check out some more of Clayborn's pics from the game (and today's championship parade in Boston) on his Instagram.
Clayborn was the only former Hawkeye to play on the New England side, as Ferentz was a healthy inactive, McCarron was on injured reserve, and Croston was a member of the practice squad.
They still got to touch the Lombardi Trophy, nonetheless.
— Pioneer Bank (@pioneerbanks) February 4, 2019
Congratulations to former player Riley McCarron on being a Super Bowl champion! pic.twitter.com/TOfYE8gbDS
— Nick Maneman (@CoachManeman) February 4, 2019
Ferentz joined some pretty exclusive company with the win:
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
Austin Blythe was unfortunately on the losing side of the game, but he and his fellow offensive linemen were named Offensive Line of the Year... too bad it didn't show up in Atlanta.
And that's a wrap on Hawks in the NFL 'til fall.