Super Bowl Connections

February 11th, 2023 12:00pm

Super Bowl Connections

At least 15 players or coaches in this year's Super Bowl have a history with at least one Division II institution. Included among these are Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni, as well as former Elite 100 players Brandon Williams and Joshua Williams.


Terry Bradden
Kansas City Chiefs
Assistant Defensive Line
Tuskegee (2011-2013)

After starting out at Howard, Bradden transferred to Tuskegee, where he graduated with a degree in social work. The Tigers finished second in the SIAC West that season.


Greg Carbin
Kansas City Chiefs
Strength and Conditioning
Missouri Western (2003-2006)

Carbin earned four letters for Missouri Western as a defensive back, earning first-team All-MIAA honors as a junior and second-team honors as a senior. He had 128 tackles over his career with five interceptions and helped the Western program make the playoffs for the first time in 2006.


Jody Fortson
Kansas City Chiefs
Tight End
Valdosta State (2017-2018)

Fortson played his last two collegiate seasons at Valdosta State after transferring from Erie Community College. He was part of Valdosta State's 2018 championship team and his 6-6 frame was enticing to the Chiefs, who signed him as an undrafted free agent the following spring.


Roy Istvan
Philadelpia Eagles
Position Coach
Southern Connecticut (1989, 1990-1995, 1996-2000)

Istvan has a long history with Southern Connecticut.  After his playing career ended in 1989, he was an assistant from 1990 to 1995 and later returned as the offensive coordinator from 1996-2000.


D.K. McDonald
Philadelphia Eagles
Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
Edinboro (1997-2000, 2003-2006)  IUP (2006-2008)

He was a four-year starter at Edinboro and later coached defensive backs at his alma mater.  In 2006, he moved to IUP where he coached their secondary.


Tom Melvin
Kansas City Chiefs
Tight Ends Coach
San Francisco State (1982-1983, 1984-1985)

Melvin was an offensive lineman at San Francisco State during the 1982 and 1983 seasons. His position coach? Current Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid. After his playing career, he stayed on as a graduate assistant on the same staff as Reid.


Joe Pannunzio
Philadelphia Eagles
Assistant Special Teams
CSU-Pueblo (1978-1981, 1981)  Colorado Mesa (1987-1990)

Pannunzio played quarterback at CSUP and later coached wide receivers and quarterbacks.  From 1987-1990, he was the offensive coordinator at Colorado Mesa.


Andy Reid
Kansas City Chiefs
Head Coach
San Francisco State (1983-1985)

San Francisco State dropped football in 1994. Reid served as an assistant a decade earlier in his first full-time position as a coach , starting in 1983. The program had funding issues, and Reid has repeatedly told a story about having to sell hot dogs to help supplement the budget. Reid helped lead an offense at SFSU that led the nation in passing yards and total offense.


Tracy Rocker
Philadelphia Eagles
Defensive Line
West Alabama (1994-1996)

Rocker coached the defensive line at West Alabama.


Tyler Scudder
Philadelphia Eagles
Assistant Special Teams
IUP (2010-2012)

One of several coaches with IUP connections, he was a corners/linebackers coach from 2010-2012.


Nick Sirianni
Philadelphia Eagles
Head Coach
IUP (2006-2008)

Sirianni was the wide receivers coach at IUP.  Although not a Division II school, he has an extensive history with his alma mater, Mount Union, which is a Division III power.


Jeff Stoutland
Philadelphia Eagles
Offensive Line
Southern Connecticut (1981-1984, 1984-1985, 1988-1992)

Stoutland was both a coach and a player at Southern Connecticut.  He played linebacker from 1981-1984 and earned All-American honors as a senior.  He coached linebackers from 1984-1985 and was the offensive coordinator from 1988-1992.


Tershawn Wharton
Kansas City Chiefs
Defensive Line
Missouri S&T (2016-2019)

Wharton finished his Miner career with 196 tackles with 58 tackles-for-loss and 35.5 sacks. He earned Third-Team All-GLVC honors as a senior after earning first-team honors the previous two years. He was a four year starter for Missouri S&T and was signed by the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft.


Brandon Williams
Kansas City Chiefs
Defensive Line
Missouri Southern (2009-2012)

Williams was named All-Decade defensive tackle and was also a member of the Elite 100 team in 2011 and 2012.  He was drafted in the third round by Baltimore out of college.


Joshua Williams
Kansas City Chiefs
Fayetteville State (2018-2021) 

Williams was named Elite 100 after his senior season at Fayetteville State.   He was drafted in the fourth round by the Chiefs in the 2022 draft.