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Trio of LSU players win Super Bowl with Patriots

ByBILLY EMBODY Feb 4, 5:08 AM 

Former LSU quarterback Danny Etling, defensive lineman Frank Herron and running back Jeremy Hill won Super Bowl LIII as members of the New England Patriots on Sunday when the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 13-3, in Atlanta.

Hill, who suffered a season-ending injury in the season-opener against Houston, spent almost the entire season on New England’s injured reserve list. Etling and Herron spent the year on the Patriots' practice squad.

Over the summer, Hill signed with the Patriots and knew that nothing was a given for him, but joined the roster and was excited when he made the roster. His season was ultimately cut short though due to a torn ACL.

“We all know how much of a business this league is, and you never know,” Hill said in September. “But when you do get the opportunity, we’re all blessed, and we’re all privileged to be here, and we’ve got to take advantage of that. So we’re definitely excited, the guys who did make the cut. It’s definitely going to be an amazing season this year.”

When the Patriots drafted Etling in the 7th round of the 2018 NFL Draft, it came as a bit of a surprise, but Etling said that once he signed a 4-year deal, he could really focus on soaking up information from legendary quarterback Tom Brady.

"I have just been trying to learn the offense and go from there," Etling said in September. "It is so much you have to keep working on as a rookie and I keep finding out that you can see guys like [Tom Brady] and how they have been successful like that and try to follow in their footsteps. I definitely watch what they do and try to apply it to myself."

Shortly after he was drafted, Etling went in-depth on his new team and what he can learn from the entire group of quarterbacks.

"It's enticing," he said following being drafted. "It's just an opportunity to learn from the greatest quarterback. You don't expect anything. You have no expectations going in. You're just going in to learn. You just sit there and take in as much as you can, absorb as much information as you can, and continue to keep improving and continue to prepare for your opportunity when it comes. You want to just watch a guy who's so great and has been so great. You want to know how he does it and you want to just be in that room.

"Not only with Tom, but with Brian Hoyer, someone else who's been around the league and really continued to have great success. It's such a great quarterback room and I'm so excited to be a part of it. I can't wait to continue to just learn and grow as a quarterback and a person."

LSU’s 18-year Super Bowl streak, which is tied with Georgia for longest in the conference, dates back to current director of player development Kevin Faulk’s first appearance in the game in 2002.

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Football Holds SEC's Longest Super Bowl Streak

January 30, 2019, 04:46 PM (CT) Updated: January 31, 2019, 09:53 AM (CT)
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BATON ROUGE – With five former Tigers in this year’s Super Bowl, LSU will run its streak of consecutive years with at least one player in the game to 18 straight.

The 18 consecutive years with a player in the Super Bowl ties with Georgia for the longest such streak in the Southeastern Conference. Nebraska holds the nation’s longest streak at 27 straight years with a player in the Super Bowl.

The list of former Tigers on rosters for either the Patriots or Rams include: offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (Rams), defensive tackle Michael Brockers (Rams), quarterback Danny Etling (Patriots), running back Jeremy Hill (Patriots), and Frank Herron (Patriots).

Whitworth, who is the oldest offensive lineman in the NFL, starts at left tackle for the Rams, while Brockers is a starter on the defensive front for Los Angeles.

Whitworth has the opportunity to become the 16th former Tiger to win both a national championship in college as well as a Super Bowl. Last year, punter Donnie Jones joined that list as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones was on the same team with Whitworth that claimed the 2003 national title at LSU.

Etling and Herron are both members of the Patriots practice squad, but will be on the sidelines on Sunday in Atlanta. Hill, who suffered a season-ending injury in the season-opener against Houston, is currently on New England’s injured reserve list.

Former Tiger and current LSU Director of Player Development Kevin Faulk holds the school record for most Super Bowl appearances with five, all coming with the New England Patriots. Faulk won three Super Bowls during his 13-year NFL career, also the most in LSU history.

LSU’s 18-year Super Bowl streak dates back to Faulk’s first appearance in the game in 2002.

The following is a look at the SEC streak of former players appearing on Super Bowl participant rosters:

School, Current Streak
LSU, 18
Georgia, 18
Florida, 17
Alabama, 11
Arkansas, 10
Tennessee, 10
Texas A&M, 10
South Carolina, 7
Auburn, 4
Vanderbilt, 2
Mississippi State, 0
Ole Piss, 0
Missouri, 0
Kentucky, 0

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