Feb. 1, 2013
When the San Francisco 49ers kick off Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans, 49ers linebacker and former Colorado State standout Clark Haggans will be seeking his second Super Bowl ring. This is his third time being part of a team that played in the Super Bowl.
Haggans is one of 13 former Rams with Super Bowl experience, and one of three who have won, joining Joey Porter and John Howell. He was a starting linebacker on the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers team, along with Porter, that defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XL. Three years later he was on injured reserve with the Arizona Cardinals squad that lost to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLIII. Haggans was a significant contributor for the Cardinals before going on IR in mid-December.
A two-time all-conference player while at Colorado State from 1996-99, Haggans played in nine of the 49ers' final 10 games in the 2012 regular season, missing only the Dec. 23 game at Seattle. He was active but not play in San Francisco’s divisional round win over Green Bay on Jan. 12, then played in a reserve role and on special teams in the NFC Championship game at Atlanta on Jan. 20.
In 13 NFL seasons with Pittsburgh (2000-07), Arizona (2008-11) and San Francisco (2012) Haggans has posted 46.5 sacks and one interception, playing in 172 games (104 starts). His career statistics also include 24 passes defensed, 16 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He has been a full-time starter in seven of his 13 NFL seasons.
Haggans’ has played in 14 postseason games (10 starts) and added 39 tackles (25 solo), including 3.5 sacks, along with three passes defensed.
In addition to significant Super Bowl history, former Colorado State Rams have had a large presence in both NFL and AFL title games. Three of those men—Jack Christiansen, Jim David and Fum McGraw—won NFL titles with the Detroit Lions in 1952 and ’53, and Christiansen and David added a third title with the Lions in ’57.
Christiansen, who starred at Colorado State form 1948-50, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970. McGraw, an All-American in 1948 and ’49, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. David was all-conference in 1951, and later was a six-time Pro Bowl selection (1954-59).
Below is a rundown of former Colorado State players who have been part of teams that played in professional football championship games.
RAMS ON SUPER BOWL & TITLE GAME TEAMS
|Randy Beverly||*New York Jets||SuperBowlIII||
|Los Angeles Rams||NFL Title Game||1955|
|Don Burroughs||*Philadelphia Eagles||NFL Title Game||1960|
|Jack Christiansen||*Detroit Lions||NFL Title Game||1952|
|Jack Christiansen||*Detroit Lions||NFL Title Game||1953|
|Jack Christiansen||Detroit Lions||NFL Title Game||1954|
|Jack Christiansen||*Detroit Lions||NFL Title Game||1957|
|Jim David||*Detroit Lions||NFL Title Game||1952|
|Jim David||*Detroit Lions||NFL Title Game||1953|
|Jim David||*Detroit Lions||NFL Title Game||1954|
|Jim David||Detroit Lions||NFL Title Game||1957|
|Rick Dennison||Denver Broncos||Super Bowl XXI||1986|
|Rick Dennison||Denver Broncos||Super Bowl XXII||1987|
|Rick Dennison||Denver Broncos||Super Bowl XXIV||1989|
|Fred Glick||*Houston Oilers||AFL Title Game||1961|
|Fred Glick||Houston Oilers||AFL Title Game||1962|
|Gary Glick||*San Diego Chargers||AFL Title Game||1963|
|Clark Haggans||*Pittsburgh Steelers||Super Bowl XL||2005|
|Clark Haggans||^Arizona Cardinals||Super Bowl XLIII||2008|
|John Howell||*Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Super Bowl XXXVII||2002|
|John Howell||^Seattle Seahawks||Super Bowl XL||2005|
|Bob Kruse||Oakland Raiders||Super Bowl II||1967|
|Lawrence McCutcheon||Los Angeles Rams||Super Bowl XIV||1979|
|Fum McGraw||*Detroit Lions||NFL Title Game||1952|
|Fum McGraw||*Detroit Lions||NFL Title Game||1953|
|Fum McGraw||Detroit Lions||NFL Title Game||1954|
|Kevin McLain||^Los Angeles Rams||Super Bowl XIV||1979|
|Willie Miller||^Los Angeles Rams||Super Bowl XIV||1979|
|Sean Moran||St. Louis Rams||Super Bowl XXXVI||2001|
|Mark Mullaney||Minnesota Vikings||Super Bowl XI||1976|
|Joey Porter||*Pittsburgh Steelers||Super Bowl XL||2005|
|Oscar Reed||Minnesota Vikings||Super Bowl IV||1969|
|Oscar Reed||Minnesota Vikings||Super Bowl VIII||1973|
|Oscar Reed||Minnesota Vikings||Super Bowl IX||1974|
|Damon Washington||New York Giants||XXXV||2000|
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