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Corpus Christi’s link to the Super Bowl

Posted at 1:54 PM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 14:54:36-05

Football’s ultimate game has a strong history with roots with players and coaches from Corpus Christi.

The local area has a long reputation of developing players who continuing playing after they leave the Coastal Bend. It can be seen in a list of players who have played on Super Bowl championship teams. And some have played on NFL title teams before the Super Bowl era in 1967.

Here’s a list of local players and their Super Bowl histories.

Guard Gene Upshaw (Robstown) – Started for Super Bowl championship teams with Oakland in Super Bowl XI as the Raiders beat with Minnesota and Philadelphia in Super Bowl XVII.  Upshaw also started for the Raiders when they lost Super Bowl II to Green Bay.

Long snapper Clint Gresham (Ray) – Long snapper for Seattle Seahawks when they won Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos and when they lost Super Bowl XLIX to the New England Patriots.

Running backs coach Johnny Roland (Miller) – Running backs coach for the Chicago Bears when they won Super Bowl XX over the New England Patriots.

Tight End Riley Odoms (West Oso) – Started for the Denver Broncos when they lost Super Bowl XII to the Dallas Cowboys.

Other local players have histories with NFL teams that won championship games before the Super Bowl was played.

Defensive end Bill Glass (Ray) – Starter when the Cleveland Browns claimed the NFL title over the Baltimore Colts in 1964.  He was also a member of the Browns’ team that lost in the NFL championship game to Green Bay in 1966 after the 1965 regular season.

Guard John Magee (Robstown) – Served as a backup on NFL championship teams with Philadelphia that beat the Chicago Cardinals in 1948 and the Los Angeles Rams in 1949.