Louisiana's Super Bowl Legends
BATON ROUGE - With Super Bowl Sunday just a few days away, we took a look back at some of the greatest Louisiana Super Bowl Legends today on 2une In.
The legendary coach Vince Lombardi once called Jim Taylor the most determined runner he'd ever seen. Taylor credits Lombardi with helping spark the fire within, the discipline and determination that led Taylor to the Green Bay Packers, the Super Bowl and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former LSU All-American, along with legends Bart Starr and Paul Hornung, led the Green Bay Packers to the first Super Bowl in 1967 in Los Angeles,and a 35-10 rout of Kansas City.
Frank Pitts also played in that first Super Bowl. The former Southern Jaguar star was on Kansas City's roster, where he earned the nickname "Riddler," for his speed and shifty moves as a wide receiver. He also made it to Super Bowl IV in 1970 in New Orleans and was involved in the one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. A reverse play lead to a field goal, and the Chiefs shocked the Minnesota Vikings 23-7.
Two LSU Tigers also played for the Chiefs in Super Bowl IV in New Orleans, Bud Johnson of the LSU Andonie Museum points out that Remi Prudhomme of Opelousas and Johnny Robinson on Baton Rouge were alos on that years Kansas City club. Prudhomme played defensive end for the Chiefs, while Robinson a halfback on LSU's 1958 championship team was a defensive back in the biggest game of the year.
Super Bowl XLIX will also be a special one for Pitts and his family. His grandson, Brandon Bolden is on the New England Patriots' roster. Bolden starred at Scotlandville Magnet High School before playing college ball at Ole Miss.
A Grambling Tiger starred in Super Bowl XXII in 1988 in San Diego. Doug Williams threw a bomb to Ricky Sanders, who went 80 yards for the touchdown. The Redskins scored 35 points in the 2nd quarter, tallying 5 touchdowns in just 18 plays en route to a 42-10 drubbing of Denver. Williams threw four TD passes and was named the games most valuable player. The former Grambling coach also made history that day as the first African American quarterback to play in the Super Bowl.
One of the most legendary plays in New Orleans Saints historY came in 2010 in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. Tracy Porter intercepted Peyton Manning and went 74 yards for a touchdown, as the Saints upset the Colts 31-17. Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees hoisted the Lombardi trophy in victory,as the Saints won their first Super Bowl.