Pacesetters and title-game starters: Utah ties to the Super Bowl

Published: Friday, Feb. 1 2013 12:47 p.m. MST

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This year, three players who played high school football in Utah — Highland High School's Haloti Ngata, Timpanogos's Paul Kruger and East's Will Tukuafu — will play in the Super Bowl.

According to databasefootball.com, of the 104 players who were born in or played high school football in Utah and have gone on to the NFL prior to this season, only 14 were on teams that made it to the Super Bowl. Of those 14, only five have been on Super Bowl-winning teams.

Four of the five title winners attended BYU. They include Steve Young (born in Salt Lake, three titles with the 49ers); Brett Keisel (born in Provo, also played at Snow College and has two championships with Pittsburgh); Mat Mendenhall (attended East High School, won a Super Bowl with Washington); and Golden Richards (attended Granite High School, won one title with Dallas and played in another with the Cowboys).

The fifth player is Blaine Nye, who was born in Ogden and played collegiately at Stanford. A starter at guard for Dallas in the 1970s, he played in three Super Bowls, winning one ring with the Cowboys.
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