COLLEGE STATION— Texas A&M will be represented at Super Bowl 50 when the Denver Broncos meet the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Feb. 7.
The head coach for Denver is Gary Kubiak, an Aggie three-year letterman 1980-82. Kubiak came to Texas A&M from St. Pius High School in Houston where he was an All-State, record-setting quarterback. Kubiak signed with head coach Tom Wilson and led the Aggies to the 1981 Independence Bowl win against Oklahoma State. Kubiak’s senior season was the first year for head coach Jackie Sherrill and Kubiak earned All-SWC honors in 1982.
Kubiak was drafted by Denver and played behind John Elway from 1983-91. Upon his retirement from the NFL, Kubiak returned to Aggieland to serve as running backs coach for Hall of Fame coach R.C. Slocum in 1992-93. The Aggies would win back-to-back SWC titles and did not lose a conference game during that time.
Kubiak returned to the NFL in 1994 and has worked with the San Francisco 49ers, the Broncos, the Baltimore Ravens as well as serving as the head coach of the Houston Texans from 2006-2013. This will mark Kubiak’s seventh Super Bowl as a player or coach and he has been a part of three Super Bowl Championship squads, the 1994 San Francisco 49ers and the 1997-98 Denver Broncos.
Also on the Denver sideline will be linebacker Von Miller who wears No. 58 and was a four-year Aggie letterman (2007-10). Miller, who played at DeSoto High School, was the second overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft by Denver. Miller was a two-time All-American at Texas A&M and won the 2010 Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker.
Another Texas A&M connection on the Denver sideline will be Clancy Barone, the Broncos offensive line coach. Barone served as an offensive line graduate assistant in 1993 on Coach Slocum’s Aggie staff along with Kubiak.
An Aggie on the Broncos’ reserve/future roster is DeSoto High School product Cyrus Gray who earned four letters at Texas A&M from 2008-11 as a running back and was a 6th round 2012 NFL pick of the Kansas City Chiefs.
On the Carolina sideline, No. 85 is a practice squad player Nate Askew. Askew earned four letters in Aggieland from 2010-13 after playing at San Antonio Madison High School. He is a terrific athlete and played wide receiver and linebacker and is listed as a tight end on the Panthers’ roster.
Another Texas A&M coaching connection is Carolina tight ends coach Pete Hoener who worked with Coach Slocum’s 2000 Texas A&M staff working with running backs.
Below are Aggies with Super Bowl Championship rings.
TEXAS A&M CONNECTIONS IN THE SUPER BOWL:
Super Bowl 50/2016
Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers
Nate Askew, Carolina Panthers (TE, #85, practice squad)
Gary Kubiak, Head Coach
Von Miller (LB, #58), Denver Broncos
Cyrus Gray (RB, reserve/future), Denver Broncos
AGGIES WITH A SUPER BOWL RING
Sam Adams, Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl XXXV
Dennis Allen, New Orleans Saints, XLIV
Michael Bennett, Seattle Seahawks, XLVIII
Rocky Bernard, New York Giants, Super Bowl XLVI
Chet Brooks, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIV
Red Bryant, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl XLVIII
Lee Roy Caffey, Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl II, I
Mike Clark, Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl VI
Rich Coady, St. Louis Rams, Super Bowl XXXIV
Jerry Fonetnot, Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl XLV
Jeff Fuller, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIII, XIX
Lester Hayes, Oakland Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII, XV
Bethel Johnson, New England Patriots, Super Bowls XXXVIV, XXXVIII
Gary Kubiak, Asst. Coach, Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XXXIII, XXXII
Gary Kubiak, Asst. Coach, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIX
Tommy Maxwell, Baltimore Colts, Super Bowl V
Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl XLVIII
Brandon Mitchell, New England Patriots, Super Bowl XXXVI
Mo Moorman, Kansas City Chiefs, Super Bowl IV
Dennis Ransom, Washington Redskins, Super Bowl XXVI
Gary Reynolds, Off. Asst. Coach, Green Bay Packers, XXXI
Thomas Sanders, Chicago Bears, Super Bowl XX
Shawn Slocum, Asst. Coach, Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl XLV
Detron Smith, Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XXXIII, XXXII
Kevin Smith, Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XXVIII, XXVII
Cameron Spikes, St. Louis Rams, Super Bowl XXXIV
Gene Stallings, Asst. Coach, Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XII
Ty Warren, New England Patriots, Super Bowls XXXVIV, XXXVIII
Billy Yates, New England Patriots, Super Bowl XXXVIV