We all know that Tom Brady grew up in San Mateo, Calif., played football at Serra High and Michigan, started in five Super Bowls and won three. We also know he will start his sixth Super Bowl Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
But do you know the kid from Pawtucket who helped his team post an historic Super Bowl upset 45 year ago? Or the University of Rhode Island grad who earned four Super Bowl rings? Or the Cranston High School West alum who played in two Super Bowls? Or the Bishop Hendricken grad who helped beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI? Or the Townie who made it to Super Bowl XLIV?
Take this quiz to test your knowledge of Rhode Island Super Bowl history.
1. All I wanted to do growing up one of seven kids in Pawtucket was to play against St. Raphael in McCoy Stadium on Thanksgiving Day. I graduated from Tolman High School, played college football at the University of Buffalo and was Joe Namath’s teammate when we upset the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Who am I?
2. I came from Warwick, went to URI and was a hammer thrower on the track team as well as a defensive lineman on the football team. In the NFL I was a defensive lineman on a unit known as The Steel Curtain. Name me.
3. After high school in Cranston I played football at Colgate University and then for Al Davis on the West Coast. I played in two Super Bowls and was the leading rusher in one. Who am I?
4. Breakaway speed was the name of my game in high school, college and the NFL. I once returned a punt and a fumble for touchdowns in the same game. I started my career with an iconic franchise but won my Super Bowl ring with another. Who am I?
5. The big game in my high-school career was Thanksgiving Day against La Salle Academy. Hard hitting got me to college and the NFL, where I played in Super Bowl XLIV. A knee injury ended my career. Who am I?
6. I was the first player from Brown University to appear in a Super Bowl. Who am I?
7. I was a quarterback in high school, a linebacker at Brown and am a long snapper for the New York Giants. I have two Super Bowl rings. Who am I?
8. I played defense at Brown but will be on offense in my first Super Bowl Sunday. Who am I?
9. I was the quarterbacks coach for the 2006 Super Bowl champions and recruited the player in No. 6 for Brown. Who am I?
10. I went to Brown, never played a down in college or the NFL but am more widely known than most pros. Who am I?
1. Gerry Philbin of Pawtucket was a defensive end for the New York Jets when, fulfilling quarterback Joe Namath’s bold prediction of victory, the Jets stunned the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in 1969. Philbin played 10 seasons and was a sack specialist before the NFL started keeping that statistic.
2. Steve Furness was a defensive lineman who backed up and occasionally started for the Pittsburgh Steelers famed Steel Curtain defense. He played in Super Bowls IX, X, XIII and XIV and ended his career with 32 sacks. He died of a heart attack in 2000 at the age of 49.
3. Mark van Eeghen played fullback for the Oakland Raiders. He rushed for 73 yards in Super Bowl XI and 75 yards in Super Bowl XV, both Oakland victories. He played eight years in Oakland and two in New England before retiring after the 1983 season.
4. Will Blackmon grew up in Cranston and was a star at Hendricken and later at Boston College. He started his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers but won his ring with the New York Giants in Super Bowl LXVI in 2012.
5. Jamie Silva went from East Providence High School to Boston College to the Indianapolis Colts. He was a defensive back and played in Super Bowl XLIV against the New Orleans Saints.
6. Sean Morey was the Ivy League player of the year in 1997, was drafted by the Patriots and won a ring with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL. He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals. He retired in 2010 because of concussions.
7. Zak DeOssie was an All-Ivy linebacker at Brown but also handled the long snapping duties for the Bears. The Giants drafted him for his snapping ability, and he won rings in Super Bowl XLII and XLVI. His father Steve DeOssie also won a Super Bowl ring with the Giants. They are the only father-son combination to have done so with the same franchise.
8. James Develin was an All-Ivy defensive end at Brown but will play fullback for the Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
9. Mark Whipple played quarterback at Brown, coached at Brown and UMass and was the quarterbacks coach of the Steelers in Super Bowl XL in 2006.
10. Chris Berman has been a fixture at ESPN since 1979.