Former LSU OL Trai Turner to start in Super Bowl 50 for Panthers
BATON ROUGE - Former LSU offensive lineman Trai Turner is ready to suit up in Carolina’s teal, black and silver as he will look to become the 32nd LSU Tiger to win a Super Bowl title when the Panthers meet the Broncos in Santa Clara, California on Sunday.
Kickoff for Super Bowl 50 is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Turner, who was a fixture in the Tigers’ starting lineup for two years, is in his second year with the Carolina Panthers. He was named to the Pro Bowl this season, starting 18 games this year at the offensive guard position for a Panthers squad that nearly went undefeated. Carolina come into the Super Bowl with a dominant 17-1 record.
Turner played 25 games for LSU with 20 starts to his name. He was a part of a pair of teams that pulled off 10-3 records in 2012 and 2013. He’s an alumnus of St. Augustine School in New Orleans, and was selected in third round by the Panthers in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Tyke Tolbert, another LSU product, is serving as the wide receivers coach for the Denver Broncos. Tolbert played wide receiver back when he used to put on the pads for the Tigers, and picked up both his undergraduate and Master’s degree from the Baton Rouge university. He’s in his fifth season with the Broncos and will be coaching in the Super Bowl for the second time.
31 players in the history of LSU football have gone on to win a total of 40 Super Bowl rings. Legendary Tiger running back and dominant New England Patriot Kevin Faulk is number one when it comes to collecting the jewelry with three to his name. Other winners include Rohan Davey (also a Patriot), Randall Gay (Patriots and Saints), Jarvis Green (Patriots), Tory James (Broncs), “Booger” McFarland (Bucs, Colts, best name of all time) and Corey Webster (Giants).
At least one Tiger has been on the roster in 37 of the previous 49 Super Bowls. It all began when Jimmy Taylor of the Packers and Johnny Robinson of the Chiefs were the first two Tigers to appear in the game as they were both on the field when the inaugural Super Bowl was played in January of ’67.