Alabama boasts multiple Super Bowl champions

Published 6:00 am Friday, August 25, 2023

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The state of Alabama has a rich legacy of Super Bowl champions.

Three players with state ties stand among the most all-time Super Bowl winners: John Stallworth, Steve Wallace and Don’ta Hightower.

Wide receiver John Stallworth, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, has the most Super Bowl rings of any college player in-state. 

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Stallworth, who played at Alabama A&M, was a starter on four Super Bowl winning teams with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970’s. 

While Wide receiver Lynn Swann grabbed the headlines, it was Stallworth who became one of  the top receiving targets for quarterback Terry Bradshaw.

Stallworth is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“I could not have played … with a better cast of characters than the guys I played with,” Stallwroth said at an Alabama A&M event..

Offensive tackle Steve Wallace,  who played at Auburn, won all three of his Super Bowl rings with San Francisco in 1988, 1989 and 1994.

Wallace was a key blocker for two Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Joe Montana and Steve Young. He was inducted to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Linebacker Donta Hightower played a big role on three Super Bowl teams with the New England Patriots. Hightower, who won multiple national titles at Alabama, got Super Bowl rings in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Hightower tackled Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch at the one-yard-line in Super Bowl XLIX.

On the next play, former West Alabama cornerback Malcolm Butler’s interception with 26 seconds left sealed the Patriots’ 28-24 win.

Two years later, Hightower’s sack and fumble of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan turned the game around and ignited a 34-28 Patriots overtime victory in Super Bowl XLI.

“Donta’s blend of intelligence, positional versatility and physicality made him one of the rarest of players that I have ever coached,”  New England coach Bill Belichick told in 2021.

“Very few players were capable of as much as Dont’a, who could win from multiple positions with power, athleticism and his mind. His skills were most evident in two of the all-time great plays in franchise history, which led directly to two Super Bowl championships.”