Pinion becomes 2nd Clemson punter to win Super Bowl

Pinion becomes 2nd Clemson punter to win Super Bowl

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Pinion becomes 2nd Clemson punter to win Super Bowl

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31 former Tigers have won at least one Super Bowl

For a third straight year, a former Clemson player was on a team that won the Super Bowl.

Punter Bradley Pinion, who played for the Tigers from 2012-14, helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win the franchise’s second Super Bowl Sunday with a 31-9 victory over Kansas City in Super Bowl LV.

Pinion becomes the 31st different Tiger to win a Super Bowl in his professional career and just the second punter. Former Clemson great Chris Gardocki helped the Pittsburgh Steelers win Super Bowl XL in 2005.

With Tom Brady and the Bucs’ offense racking up 350 total yards and the defense holding Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs out of the end zone, Pinion did his part. His stats were not great, but they can be misleading. He punted four times for an average of 37.5 yards, but the Chiefs did little on returns, while one punt was fair caught at the 6-yard line.

Pinion is the first player to win a Super Bowl as a member of the Buccaneers.

The three-year stretch of having at least one former Clemson player win a Super Bowl Championship is the longest since a five-year stretch from 1996-2000. It is only the fourth time in Super History at least one former Tiger has won a Super Bowl three straight seasons. It also happed from 1977-’79 and then 1984-’89.

Of course, Pinion was not the only former Clemson star playing in Super Bowl LV. Three players represented the Tigers on the Kansas City Chiefs – wide receiver Sammy Watkins, cornerback Bashaud Breeland and linebacker Dorian O’Daniel.

After being heroes in Super Bowl LIV, it was a long night for Breeland and Watkins in this year’s game. Breeland did have four tackles, but he was beat on a couple of plays and was called for a questionable pass interference late in the first half that set up a Buccaneers’ touchdown.

In Super Bowl LIV, Breeland had seven tackles, two for loss, broke up two passes and had one interception in the Chiefs’ victory over San Francisco.

Watkins, who missed the last three games with a calf injury, returned to the field Sunday night. However, after catching five passes for 98 yards in last year’s game, including the catch that set up the game-winning score, the former Clemson All-American caught just one pass for 13 yards in Super Bowl LV.

Once again, a former Clemson player failed to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl. Defensive tackle William Perry’s one-yard touchdown run for Chicago in Super Bowl XX (1985 season) still marks the only time a former Tiger has scored a touchdown in Super Bowl history.

Former Clemson kicker David Treadwell is the last Clemson player to score in a Super Bowl. He kicked a field goal and made an extra point for Denver in a loss to the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV. It has now been 31 years since a Clemson player has scored any kind of points in a Super Bowl.

Super Bowl Champion Tigers

Super Bowl III

  • RB Bill Mathis, RB, Jets

Super Bowl VI

  • Charlie Waters, S, Cowboys

Super Bowl IX

  • John McMakin, TE, Steelers

Super Bowl XII

  • Charlie Waters, S, Cowboys

Super Bowl XIII

  • Bennie Cunningham, TE, Steelers

Super Bowl XIV

  • Bennie Cunningham, TE, Steelers

Super Bowl XVI

  • Dwight Clark, WR, 49ers
  • Archie Reese, DT, 49ers
  • Jim Stuckey, DT, 49ers

Super Bowl XVII

  • Jeff Bostic, C, Redskins

Super Bowl XXIX

  • Dwight Clark, WR, 49ers
  • Jim Stuckey, DT, 49ers

Super Bowl XX

  • William Perry, DT, Bears
  • Steve Fuller, QB, Bears

Super Bowl XXI

  • Ty Davis, CB, Giants
  • Andy Headen, LB, Giants
  • Terry Kindard, S, Giants

Super Bowl XXII

  • Obed Ariri, K, Redskins
  • Dan Benish, DT, Redskins
  • Jeff Bostic, C, Redskins
  • D. Dunn, TE, Redskins

Super Bowl XXIII

  • Terrance Flagler, RB, 49ers

Super Bowl XXIV

  • Terrance Flagler, RB, 49ers

Super Bowl XXVI

  • Jeff Bostic, C, Redskins

Super Bowl XXXI

  • Wayne Simmons, LB, Packers

Super Bowl XXXII

  • Trevor Pryce, DT, Broncos

Super Bowl XXXIII

  • Trevor Pryce, DT, Broncos

Super Bowl XXXIV

  • Tony Horne, WR, Rams
  • Dexter McCleon, CB, Rams

Super Bowl XXXV

  • James Trapp, DB, Ravens

Super Bowl XL

  • Chris Gardocki, P, Steelers

Super Bowl XLIII

  • Nick Eason, DT, Steelers

Super Bowl XLIV

  • Anthony Waters, LB, Saints

Super Bowl XLVIII

  • Bryon Maxwell, CB, Seahawks

Super Bowl LIII

  • Dwayne Allen, TE, Patriots

Super Bowl LIV

  • Bashaud Breeland, CB, Chiefs
  • Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Chiefs
  • Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs

Super Bowl LV

  • Bradley Pinion, P, Buccaneers

 

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