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