Jan. 18, 2009
Three players on active rosters and one on a practice squad will represent UCLA in Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009.
Matt Ware, who started at cornerback for the Bruins for three years (2001 - 2003), is the No. 2 free safety and a special teams starter for the NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals. This will be Ware's second Super Bowl, having played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005. In addition, Dennis Keyes, the starting free safety who led the Bruins in tackles in 2007, was added to the Practice Squad in late December.
Travis Kirschke and Bruce Davis are members of the AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Kirschke, who was a starting defensive tackle during his four-year UCLA career (1993-96), is the No. 2 left defensive end for the Steelers. He also played in Super Bowl XL (2006) for Pittsburgh. Davis, who earned All-America honors as a defensive end for the Bruins a year ago, is the No. 2 left outside linebacker who played in a few games in 2008.
UCLA will have at least one player in the Super Bowl for the 28th time in 30 years. Beginning with Super Bowl XIV (1980), only the games in 2000 and 2008 did not have at least one Bruin on a team roster.
In Super Bowl XXVII (1993), eight Bruins were featured in the contest, including five on the champion Dallas Cowboys and three on the Buffalo Bills.
College football and NFL Hall of Famer Troy Aikman was the first quarterback to start for three Super Bowl champions in a four-year span and Bruin defensive lineman Mike Lodish played for six Super Bowl teams during his NFL career.