UTEP Miners Who Have Won Super Bowl Rings
The Big Game is this weekend. In honor of what has become an unofficial American national holiday, here’s a look at the handful of UTEP Miners who have won professional football’s ultimate piece of finger wear.
Tony Tolbert [Miner from 1986-88]
Chris Jacke [Miner from 1984-86, 88]
Like Tolbert, Jacke was a member of UTEP’s 1988 squad, the Miners’ winningest football team in school history with 10 wins. He was the first kicker taken in the 1989 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He won his bling in 1997 after the Packers defeated New England in Super Bowl XXXI.
Seth Joyner [Miner from 1982-85]
Joyner played in the NFL from 1986-1999. He earned his ring in 1999 playing for the Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII, which turned out to be his last NFL game.
Brian Young [Miner from 1995-99]
The Andress High School grad got his ring as a coach.
Although Young played in Super Bowl XXXVI as a member of the St. Louis Rams in 2001, the team lost to the New England Patriots. He joined the New Orleans Saints as a free agent in 2004 and was cut due to injuries prior to the beginning of what would become the teams 2009 Super Bowl season. The Saints, however, kept him on as a coaching assistant and their eventual win in Super Bowl XLIV earned the first year coach a ring.
Lee Mays [Miner from 1998-01]
UTEP’s all-time receptions leader was selected with the 202nd pick in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft by Pittsburgh. He spent 5 years with the Steelers, including its ’05 Super Bowl XL winning season.
Maynard was a Miner from 1954–56 when it was still Texas Western College. He played for the New York Jets in Super Bowl III vs the Colts, regarded as one of the greatest upsets in American sports history. Maynard is a member of the elite NFL Hall of Fame – the only former UTEP player to be so honored.
Daney was a Miner from 1965-67 and was the Kansas City Chiefs first-round draft choice in 1968. He got his ring in 1969 after KC defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.