Every Iowa Hawkeye Who Has Won A Super Bowl So Far

Written By Derek Helling on January 25, 2022 - Last Updated on July 22, 2022
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With Super Bowl LVI approaching, Iowa Hawkeyes Super Bowl history is only getting richer. In fact, there have been multiple former Hawkeyes on the winning teams’ rosters for three years in a row.

The story of Iowa players winning the big game is as old as the Super Bowl itself. Twenty-four such players claimed a title in 17 different Super Bowls. This isn’t a list of every Hawkeye to play in a Super Bowl. Rather, it’s a compilation of each Iowa player with a Super Bowl ring.

Winning side of Hawkeyes Super Bowl history

The only Iowa player to be part of multiple Super Bowl-winning teams is also the first Hawkeye to win one. Defensive back Bob Jeter was part of the first two Super Bowl victors, making him the start of the story in chronological order.

Super Bowl number(s)Player nameTeam
I and IIBob JeterGreen Bay Packers
IVEd PodolakKansas City Chiefs
VIJohn NilandDallas Cowboys
VIIIThomas SmithMiami Dolphins
XVIJohn HartySan Francisco 49ers
XXMark BortzChicago Bears
XXJay HilgenbergChicago Bears
XXVBob KratchNew York Giants
XXIXMerton HanksSan Francisco 49ers
XXXIXKevin KasperNew England Patriots
XLIDallas ClarkIndianapolis Colts
XLIBob SandersIndianapolis Colts
XLVBryan BulagaGreen Bay Packers
XLVITyler SashNew York Giants
XLVIISean ConsidineBaltimore Ravens
XLVIIMarshal YandaBaltimore Ravens
LIIIAdrian ClaybornNew England Patriots
LIIICole CrostonNew England Patriots
LIIIJames FerentzNew England Patriots
LIVAnthony HitchensKansas City Chiefs
LIVBen NiemannKansas City Chiefs
LVAnthony NelsonTampa Bay Buccaneers
LVTristan WirfsTampa Bay Buccaneers

Iowa fans might want to consider Patriots fandom

Through Super Bowl LV, no other NFL franchise has made more Super Bowl winners out of Iowa players than the New England Patriots. Five former Hawkeyes have won Super Bowls with New England. That includes the son of current Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.

TeamSuper Bowl number(s)Player name(s)
Baltimore RavensXLVIISean Considine, Marshal Yanda
Chicago BearsXXMark Bortz, Jay Hilgenberg
Dallas CowboysVIJohn Niland
Green Bay PackersI, II, XLVBob Jeter, Bryan Bulaga
Indianapolis ColtsXLIDallas Clark, Bob Sanders
Kansas City ChiefsIV, LIVAnthony Hitchens, Ben Niemann, Ed Podolak
Miami DolphinsVIIIThomas Smith
New England PatriotsXXXIX, LIIIAdrian Clayborn, Cole Croston, James Ferentz, Kevin Kasper, Riley McCarron
New York GiantsXXV, XLVIBob Kratch, Tyler Sash
San Francisco 49ersXVI, XXIXMerton Hanks, John Harty
Tampa Bay BuccaneersLVAnthony Nelson, Tristan Wirfs

Will Super Bowl LVI keep the streak going?

Kansas City linebackers Anthony Hitchens and Ben Niemann have a chance to join Jeter as the only Iowa players to win multiple Super Bowls right now. Their Chiefs teammate, center Austin Blythe just finished his first regular season with the team. He got onto the field in three of the last five regular-season games.

The Cincinnati Bengals have Riley Reiff on the roster, but the starting right tackle is on the injured/reserve list with an ankle injury and is likely done for the season.

The San Francisco 49ers have a Super Bowl MVP contender from Iowa on its roster in star TE George Kittle. A foot injury kept Kittle from postseason honors after the regular season, but he was back on the field against the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round. He finished with a team-high four receptions for 63 yards.

The LA Rams have a pair of Hawkeyes on the roster. Safety Jake Gervase made it into a pair of games while offensive lineman A.J. Jackson played in four games.

With a presence on all four rosters, Super Bowl LVI, should deliver a Super Bowl ring to one or more Hawkeyes for the fourth consecutive year. That isn’t too shabby for any collegiate program.

Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP
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Derek Helling is a lead writer for PlayUSA and the manager of BetHer. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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