The Best Former Sun Devils Wearing Super Bowl Rings

Chris Humphreys-USA Today Sports

Chris Humphreys-USA Today Sports

For the eighth straight year, the Maroon and Gold will be represented in the pinnacle of professional football achievement—the Super Bowl.

This year will also be the 13th year that multiple Sun Devils have been represented in the Super Bowl and the fourth time that three players have been on rosters.

San Francisco 49ers receiver Kyle Williams is on injured reserve after tearing ligaments in his knee in New Orleans last November but long snapper Brian Jennings is ready to start as is Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs.

Of all 41 Sun Devils to reach the summit only 18 have walked away with rings, will there be 19 or 20 on this list come Sunday night?

Here is the list of the best of those that are currently sporting the shine.

Travis Williams

  • Position: Running back/Kick Returner
  • NFL Team: Gren Bay Packers
  • Earned Ring: Super Bowl II, 1968 over the Oakland Raiders

Travis Williams was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1967 and returned four kickoffs for a touchdown in his rookie season including two in one game vs. the Cleveland Browns, both NFL records.

He also holds the record for highest season average return yards with 41.06 yards per carry.

He was posthumously inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

Curley Culp

  • curley-culpPosition: Defensive Tackle
  • NFL Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Earned Ring: Super Bowl IV, 1970 over the Minnesota Vikings

Curley Culp was drafted in the second round of the 1968 draft and played seven years for the Kansas City Chiefs and seven years for the Houston Oilers.

Culp has numerous accolades including the Arizona State Ring of Honor and the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame.

He was a AFL All-Star selection in 1969 and a five-time Pro Bowl selection as well as being selected a first-team All-Pro and the NEA Defensive Player of the Year in 1975.

Culp is often credited for the beginning of the 3-4 defense and is a finalist for selection into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this Saturday.

Bob Breunig

  • Position: Linebacker
  • NFL Team: Dallas Cowboys
  • Earned Ring: Super Bowl XII, 1978 over the Denver Broncos

Bob Breunig was drafted in the third round of the 1975 Draft and played all nine NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Breunig played in three Super Bowls with the Cowboys but only has one ring to show for it.

Breunig was a local Phoenix product and was an All-American running back in high school. He was also named All-American at Arizona State and a three-time All-WAC selection.

Breuing was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and has been inducted in to Arizona High School and Arizona State University Halls of Fame.

Danny White

  • whitePosition: Quarterback/Punter
  • NFL Team: Dallas Cowboys
  • Earned Ring: Super Bowl XII, 1978 over the Denver Broncos

Danny White was another local product that played football at Westwood High School in Mesa, Ariz. Westwood High School is most notable for producing rock bands Jimmy Eat World and Authority Zero as well as this writer.

White was signed by Arizona State to play baseball and would also take on the punting duties for the football team. He became the starting quarterback mid-way through his sophomore season and went on to be a legendary quarterback and punter.

He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 1974 Draft as a punter. He signed with the World Football League as a quarterback and returned to the Cowboys in 1976 after the league folded. He played 12 years for the Cowboys and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1982.

He has been inducted into the Arizona State University and College Football Halls of Fame.

Mike Haynes

  • Position: Cornerback
  • NFL Team: Los Angeles Raiders
  • Earned Ring: Super Bowl XVIII, 1984 over the Washington Redskins

Mike Haynes was incredible at Arizona State. He was a three-time All-WAC selection and two-time All-American.

Haynes was drafted No. 5 overall by the New England Patriots in 1976 and played there through the 1982 season garnering numerous accolades including five Pro Bowl selections (nine total in his career), AFC Rookie of the Year and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Haynes was traded to the Los Angeles Raiders in 1983 and went to the Super Bowl in his first year there. He played with the Raiders until 1989.

He has been inducted into the Arizona State University, College Football, New England Patriots and the NFL Halls of Fame and his jersey number has been retired at ASU and New England.

Darren Woodson

  • woodsonPosition: Safety
  • NFL Team: Dallas Cowboys
  • Earned Rings: Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII, 1993 and 1994 over the Buffalo Bills; XXX, 1996 over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The only player on the list with three rings, and one of the hardest hitting safeties in the game. Woodson was yet another local product having attended Maryvale High School in Phoenix. He was a running back and linebacker in high school that walked on at Arizona State due to academic issues.

Woodson was drafted in the second round of the 1992 draft by the Dallas Cowboys and was quickly slotted into the safety position. For thirteen years, Woodson gave his heart and soul to the Cowboys and is the all-time leader in tackles with 1,350.

He has been inducted into the Arizona State University and Arizona Sports Halls of Fame with consideration into the NFL Hall still lingering.

J.R. Redmond

  • Position: Running Back
  • NFL Team: New England Patriots
  • Earned Ring: Super Bowl XXXVI, 2002 over the St. Louis Rams

Redmond was drafted in the third round of 2000 draft by the New England Patriots and played sparingly. He was however, instrumental in the final drive of Super Bowl XXXVI in setting up the winning field goal by Adam Vinatieri.

His NFL career was short lived at five years but his numbers are deep in the record books at Arizona State and the Pac-10.

Grey Ruegamer

  • greyPosition: Center
  • NFL Team: New England Patriots, New York Giants
  • Earned Ring: Super Bowl XXXVI, 2002 over the St. Louis Rams, XLII, 2008 over the New England Patriots

Grey Ruegamer was a four-year starter on the Sun Devils and played on the championship team in 1996 and the 1997 Rose Bowl with legends Jake Plummer and Pat Tillman.

Ruegamer was drafted in the third round of the 1999 draft by the Miami Dolphins but didn’t play until the 2000 season when he got on with the Patriots. He skipped around a bit and played for the Packers and Giants before hanging up his cleats in 2009.

Marvel Smith

  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • NFL Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Earned Rings: Super Bowls XL & XLIII, 2006 and 2009 over the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals

Smith was an All-American at Arizona State in 1999 and was drafted in the second round of the 2000 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smith played his entire nine-year career for the Steelers and was named to the 2004 Pro Bowl.

Back injuries caused him to miss most of the 2008-09 season and his contract was not renewed. He signed on with the San Francisco 49ers but retired in the offseason.

The Rest

Photo courtesy of ASU Athletics

Photo courtesy of ASU Athletics

  • Mike Richardson – Chicago Bears, 1986
  • Kit Lathrop – Washington Redskins, 1988
  • Jon Baker – Dallas Cowboys, 1996
  • Shante Carver – Dallas Cowboys, 1996
  • Craig Newsome – Green Bay Packers, 1997
  • Paul Justin – St. Louis Rams, 2000
  • Jason Kyle – New Orleans Saints, 2010
  • Dmitri Nance – Green Bay Packers, 2011
  • Justin Tryon – New York Giants, 2012

Although I would like to see 20 Arizona State University players with Super Bowl rings, I am pulling for Terrell Suggs and the Baltimore Ravens. I just wish Todd Heap was still on the team.

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