Ex-Jayhawk Hartwig To Play In Super Bowl For Pittsburgh
Jan. 30, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Former Kansas offensive lineman Justin Hartwig will become the 24th former Jayhawk to participate in the Super Bowl when his Pittsburgh Steelers meet the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Hartwig, the Steelers’ starting center this season, joins 23 previous Jayhawks, who competed in 34 Super Bowls combined.
Hartwig is in his seventh year in the NFL after being drafted by Tennessee in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played for the Titans from 2002-05 before signing with the Carolina Panthers for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He joined the Steelers ahead of the 2008 campaign.
At Kansas, Hartwig was a three-year starter and earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors as a senior in 2001. Hartwig came to Lawrence after a high school career at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Larry Brown’s four different Super Bowl appearances with the Pittsburgh Steelers are the most of any former Kansas football player. Don Davis played in three of the games, once with St. Louis and twice with New England.
Kansas players with two Super Bowl appearances include Gilbert Brown (Green Bay), Steve Lawson (Minnesota), Curtis McClinton (Kansas City), Elvis Patterson (New York Giants and Dallas), John Riggins (Washington), and Harry Sydney (San Francisco).
Jayhawks who have played in previous Super Bowl include:
Gilbert Brown, Green Bay
Larry Brown, Pittsburgh
Isaac Byrd, Tennessee
Billy Campfield, Philadelphia
Bert Coan, Kansas City
Nolan Cromwell, Los Angeles
Don Davis, St. Louis and New England
Tom Dinkel, Cincinnati
Paul Fairchild, New England
Bobby Johnson, New York Giants
Rod Jones, St. Louis
Steve Lawson, Minnesota
Lindsay Mason, Oakland
Curtis McClinton, Kansas City
Robert Miller, Minnesota
Mike Norseth, Cincinnati
Elvis Patterson, New York Giants and Dallas
John Riggins, Washington
Dana Stubblefield, San Francisco
Harry Sydney, San Francisco
David Verser, Cincinnati
Alvin Walton, Washington
Ron Warner, Tampa Bay