Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

28 Jan 2017

ESPN: Hidden Rings

I finally wrote a full article on one of my favorite topics, "hidden rings." This is an all-star team of players who you may not know won the Super Bowl because they didn't do it with the team they are historically associated with. I get to discuss many all-time greats including Lomas Brown, Hacksaw Reynolds, Larry Centers, and of course Bernie Kosar. Best of all, unlike most FO content on ESPN, this article is not on Insider. It's free!

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 28 Jan 2017

15 comments, Last at 31 Jan 2017, 4:10am by MC2

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by Raiderjoe :: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 6:42pm

Good articls

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by JIPanick :: Sun, 01/29/2017 - 12:55am

Craig Morton and Danny White were a couple of other quality starters who got rings as backups.

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by mbmxyz :: Sun, 01/29/2017 - 3:28am

Good to be reminded of Ted Washington. In a 12/2003 game in Indianapolis, between teams with two losses each, in the last 30 seconds of the game, on 4th and goal from the one, with NE up by four, on a stop of Edgerrin James for which everyone credits Willie McGinest, and he does make a play, Washington jumped over a dive block by the Colt's center, landing at the two yard line, absolutely stoning the runners path forward. James stopped, and McGinest crushed him. The Colts lost to the Pats in Foxboro in the AFC CG later that season. Washington - he weighed something like 375 lbs so jumping not one of his strengths - goes airborne to save the game. What a play.

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by Anon Ymous :: Mon, 01/30/2017 - 1:31pm

Good call. I always thought history overlooked Washington's impact on that play. He almost certainly gets the tackle if Willie hadn't been there.

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by mehllageman56 :: Sun, 01/29/2017 - 4:24am

Actually, Kosar helped the Cowboys get their ring; his touchdown pass to Alvin Harper was huge, because the Niners had just cut the lead to 28-14. I think it was a third down play, and not an easy pass either.

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by mehllageman56 :: Sun, 01/29/2017 - 4:31am

Surprised at some of the guys they included; I thought everyone knew Revis won with New England, and I knew Bart Oates was on that 94 Niners team.

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by Duff Soviet Union :: Sun, 01/29/2017 - 6:32am

For wide receiver, I would have gone with Lance Alworth, who won a ring with the Cowboys.

Edit: You did actually mention Alworth, but I'm not sure why he wasn't on the team. He's a textbook example of a cheap ring you probably didn't know about. Much more so than McCardell.

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by Dr. Bill :: Sun, 01/29/2017 - 12:27pm

What a great read A-Aron! Thanks :)

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sun, 01/29/2017 - 2:18pm

Re: Matt Millen ... "He only played one year for the Redskins but started and won Super Bowl XXVI in the middle of their defense."

Depends how you read this but Millen was inactive for the SB but played throughout the season.

- Also at WR Willie "Flipper" Anderson. Notably remembered as a Ram due to his NFL record 336yds receiving but his one year in Denver in 1997 (XXXII) saw him finally get a ring.

- I'd probably add long time Steeler CB/S Rod Woodson who got his ring with the Ravens in 2000.

- Maybe also Giants NT Jim Burt who got a ring in NY in XXI and then added a second in San Francisco. But anyone who's seen the broadcast of the games knows he was there with his son.

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by big10freak :: Sun, 01/29/2017 - 3:42pm

Thanks for the article

Guess I am a bit surprised that Keith Jackson is not mentioned as the tight end. He won his ring with the Packers in 1996 and then immediately retired

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB859255659377042000

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by Aaron Schatz :: Sun, 01/29/2017 - 6:16pm

Hi everyone! Thanks for the suggestions on guys I forgot. I'm sad I forgot about Flipper Anderson because I love Flipper Anderson.

We're going to get the stuff about Kosar fixed.

I chose Revis because he qualifies for the team even though it was a recent championship. He's still a player heavily identified with one franchise who won his single championship with a different franchise. I chose McCardell because I don't think many folks know he was on the 1991 Redskins roster. Yes, most people know he played for Tampa Bay in 2002.

And I forgot to mention this year's Hidden Rings at defensive end: Either Colts all-time great Dwight Freeney will win his second championship, or former Rams second overall pick Chris Long will win his first.

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by dmstorm22 :: Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:24pm

Wouldn't Freeney not count since he did win a ring with the team he is most identified with?

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by Jerry :: Mon, 01/30/2017 - 6:34pm

If Forrest Gregg could appear, winning with the team you're known for doesn't seem to be a criterion.

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by bundamentals :: Mon, 01/30/2017 - 6:34pm

My favorite will always be London Fletcher at linebacker, given what he did for the Washington defense, and the vast majority of his playing career on horrible teams (that includes the Skins). He was such a good defender and wierdly won a ring on Vermeil's Rams.

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by MC2 :: Tue, 01/31/2017 - 4:10am

Really good article.

It's interesting that in the tight end section, you mention that Ben Coates backed up Shannon Sharpe on the '00 Ravens, but I would have actually had Sharpe on the team. Even though he was an important part of that Ravens team, I (and probably a lot of other people) tend to only remember him for all his years with the Broncos.