Three former B1G players leave historic marks on Super Bowl 50
In historic Super Bowl 50, a few former B1G stars left a historic impact on the game’s biggest stage.
No, a former B1G player didn’t score a touchdown in the Super Bowl. There weren’t any MVP performances or last-second heroics, either.
But three former B1G players from three different schools (Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State) earned memorable pieces of history on Sunday night. One could argue that’s of greater significance than simply catching a touchdown pass or forcing a turnover.
By now, you’ve probably seen the Jordan Norwood punt return that had people scratching their heads. The former Penn State receiver fielded what a slew of Carolina Panthers believed was a fair catch, and took it 61 yards for the longest punt return in Super Bowl history.
In case you missed the bizarre play, here it is again:
Norwood came just short of becoming the first player to ever return a punt for a touchdown in the Super Bowl. Instead, he’ll hold on to the “longest punt return in a Super Bowl” title for at least another year.
While Norwood did his damage on the field, a former Buckeye made history without even suiting up. Jeff Heuerman was inactive for the Super Bowl, but he still became the first person to ever win both a College Football Playoff title and a Super Bowl ring.
The rookie tight end had a torn anterior cruciate ligament that sidelined him throughout his rookie campaign, but he still got to enjoy all of the Super Bowl-winning festivities. Heuerman became the 16th Buckeye and the first in the last five years to win both an NCAA title and a Super Bowl ring.
Another Bronco pass-catcher put the exclamation point on the victory. If Sunday ends up being Peyton Manning’s final game, former Michigan State receiver Bennie Fowler earned the exclusive distinction of catching his final pass.
Fowler caught a two-point conversion that gave the Broncos a 24-10 lead in the final three minutes, which actually were the only points Manning contributed all day.
Still, the former undrafted receiver has himself quite the story/keepsake:
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) February 8, 2016
The only question after Fowler’s historic catch whether or not Manning would get the ball. As Fowler told the Detroit News, the ball will go to his mother.
But not before Manning signs it first.