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Green, Marshall continue Wolf Pack's rich tradition in Super Bowl

Denver Broncos Virgil Green (85) and Brandon Marshall are just the latest Nevada Wolf Pack players to play in a Super Bowl.
Denver Broncos Virgil Green (85) and Brandon Marshall are just the latest Nevada Wolf Pack players to play in a Super Bowl.
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When Colin Kaepernick played in the Super Bowl last year for the San Francisco 49ers he became the first former Nevada Wolf Pack player to appear in the NFL title game in 17 years.

It didn't take nearly that long to get a Pack player back in the game.

Former Wolf Pack tight end Virgil Green and linebacker Brandon Marshall will be the eighth and ninth former Pack player to play in a Super Bowl today.

A look at the seven former Wolf Pack players to have appeared in a Super Bowl before Green and Marshall . . .

COLIN KAEPERNICK, San Francisco 49ers

Kaepernick became the first former Wolf Pack quarterback to play in a Super Bowl a year ago. Kaepernick began the year as a backup quarterback and finished the year as a Super Bowl quarterback.

The former Pack QB completed 16-of-28 passes for 302 yards and a touchdown in the 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Kaepernick also rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown and turned in one of the most productive performances by a quarterback in Super Bowl history.

He tossed a 31-yard touchdown to Michael Crabtree to cut the Ravens lead to 28-13 and also scored on a 15-yard run to pull the 49ers within 31-29. Three incomplete passes to Crabtree in the end zone late in the game were the difference in the game but Kapernick established himself as one of the most exciting players in the NFL just the same.

TERRY HERMELING, Washington Redskins

Hermeling, who played for the Wolf Pack from 1967-69 for head coach Dick Trachok, became the first former Pack player to participate in a Super Bowl when he started at left tackle for the Redskins in Super Bowl VII against the Miami Dolphins.

The game was played on Jan. 14, 1973 in front of 90,182 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Hermeling, a teammate of former Pack coach Chris Ault in 1967, also had the first tackle by a Nevada player in a Super Bowl when he brought down Jake Scott after an interception. Scott had two interceptions in the game and was named the MVP as the Dolphins completed a 17-0 perfect season with a 14-7 victory.

Hermeling played 11 seasons in the NFL (1970-80), the last nine as a starter. The 1972 season was his first as a starter.

DOUG BETTERS, Miami Dolphins

Betters, who played for the Wolf Pack for just one season in 1977 in Ault's second season as head coach, played and started for the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII and XIX.

Betters' Dolphins lost both Super Bowls, 27-17 (XVII) to the Redskins on Jan. 30, 1983 in from of 103,667 fans in the Rose Bowl and 38-16 (XIX) to the San Francisco 49ers in front of 84,059 fans at Stanford Stadium on Jan. 20, 1985.

Betters, who began his college career at Montana, had three tackles against the Redskins. He stopped wide receiver Charlie Brown on a screen pass, and he brought down John Riggins twice.

Against the 49ers Betters sacks quarterback Joe Montana for a 5-yard loss in the second quarter and also had four other tackles, two on Wendell Tyler and one on Roger Craig.

Betters played in the NFL from 1978-87, all with the Dolphins and was the NFL's Defensive Player of the year in 1983 when he had 16 sacks in 16 games.

Betters was part of the Dolphins' Killer B's defense in the late 1970s and 1980s along with Kim Bokamper, Bob Brudzinski, Lyle and Glenn Blackwood and Bob Baumhower.

FRANK HAWKINS, Los Angeles Raiders

Hawkins, the Wolf Pack's all-time leading rusher with 5,333 yards from 1977-80, played in one Super Bowl with the Raiders on Jan. 22, 1984 in Tampa, Fla., in Super Bowl XVIII.

Hawkins became the first Pack player to gain a yard from scrimmage in a Super Bowl when he ran the ball three times for six yards and also caught two passes from quarterback Jim Plunkett for six yards.

But it was what Hawkins did without the ball that made the most impact in the game. Hawkins made one of the key blocks that broke Marcus Allen free on his 74-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that gave the Raiders a 35-9 lead.

The Raiders would go on to win 38-9 in front of 72,920 fans as Hawkins carried the ball on the final play of the game.

The 5-foot-9, 210-pound Hawkins was one of the top blocking fullbacks in the NFL during his career, which lasted from 1981-87, all with the Raiders. Hawkins, the Raiders second-leading rusher from 1983-85, was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997 for his work with the Wolf Pack.

CHARLES MANN, Washington Redskins

Mann was part of four Super Bowl teams, though he played in just three.

The defensive end, who played for the Wolf Pack from 1980-82, played for the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII against Hawkins and the Raiders in Tampa, in Super Bowl XXII against the Denver Broncos on Jan. 31, 1988 in San Diego and Super Bowl XXVI in Minneapolis against the Buffalo Bills on Jan. 26, 1992.

Mann was also a member of the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX against the San Diego Chargers in Miami but did not play in the game because of an injury. He played with the Redskins from 1983-93 and retired after the 1994 season with the 49ers.

In Super Bowl XVIII against the Raiders, Mann played mainly on special teams and made a tackle on Greg Pruitt on a kickoff return in the third quarter as the raiders won 38-9.

Mann then started in both Super Bowls XXII against the Broncos and XXVI against the Bills.

Against the Broncos, Mann sacked John Elway for a 10-yard loss in the second quarter but the play was nullified when Mann was called for jumping off-side. Mann did have two tackles in the 42-10 win over the Broncos, bringing down running backs Sammy Winder and Gene Lang.

Against the Bills, Mann tackled Buffalo running back Thurman Thomas for no gain at the 1-yard line,. Thomas, though, scored two plays later but the Redskins would earn the victory, 37-24.

DEREK KENNARD, Dallas Cowboys

Kennard, one of the greatest offensive linemen in Wolf Pack history, played in just one Super Bowl. Kennard started at center for the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX on Jan. 28. 1996 in Tempe, Ariz., as the Cowboys beat the Piuttsburgh Steelers 27-17 in front of 76,347 fans.

Kennard played for the Pack from 1981-83 and was in the NFL for 11 years with the St. Louis and Phoenix Cardinals, New Orleans Sanints and Cowboys from 1984-96.

Kennard began his pro career in the USFL with the Los Angeles Express, blocking for quarterback Steve Young.

Kennard started in Super Bowl XXX because of an injury to Ray Donaldson. Also starting for the Cowboys on the offensive line were guards Nate Newton and Larry Allen and tackles Mark Tuinei and Erik Williams.

BROCK MARION, Dallas Cowboys

Marion played for the Pack from 1989-92 as part of one of the greatest secondaries in school history along with Bernard Ellison, Forey Duckett and Xavier Kairy.

Marion played in two Super Bowls with the Cowboys after the 1993 and 1995 seasons.

He was a reserve and played on special teams wit6hout a tackle in Super Bowl XVIII as the Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills 30-13 in Atlanta on Jan. 30, 1994.

Marion, though, turned in the best Super Bowl performance by a former Pack player (before Kaepernick) in Super Bowl XXX in the 27-17 win over Pittsburgh.

Marion started at free safety and had eight tackles against the Steelers. Four of Marion's tackles came against Steelers' wide receiver Andre Hastings after receptions. Hastings caught 10 passes in the game.

Marion also put the finishing touches on the Cowboys' victory with an interception of a Neil O'Donnell pass at the Cowboys' 14-yard line on the final play of the game.

Marion also returned a kickoff 13 yards in the game on a reverse. Kevin Williams fielded the kickoff and flipped it to Marion right before halftime.

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