A high stakes game and the most important one for professional football, the Super Bowl is one of the most watched events every year. Many military service members have played professional football, but only a few have made it to the big game. Here’s a look at some of the military veterans to play in the Super Bowl.
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Long Snapper Joe Cardona
Cardona is the most recent to play in the Super Bowl as a member of the New England Patriots. He was a Navy Officer and played on the U.S. Naval Academy’s football team. In fact, he started all four years for Navy as a long snapper. Before playing in the NFL, Cardona service at the Naval Academy Preparatory School and with the USS Zumwalt.
Running Back Rocky Bleier
A veteran of the Army serving in Vietnam, Bleier was actually on four Super Bowl winning teams with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris overshadowed him, but he did rush for nearly 4,000 yards and 23 touch downs in his career. The running back helped the Steelers in the early 1970s when they won four super bowls with him on the team.
Outside Linebacker Kevin Greene
A hall of famer, Greene was one of the best pass rushers to ever play football. He was on the Pittsburg Steelers team that played in Super Bowl XXX and he also served in the Alabama Army National Guard. Over his 15-year career, he had 160 sacks and five interceptions.
Quarterback Roger Staubach
Maybe the most famous military veteran to play in the Super Bowl, Roger Staubach threw 153 touchdowns in his career. He did a tour with the United States Navy in Vietnam and played in four Super Bowls including two wins: Super Bowls VI and XII.
Many military veterans have played a professional sport. These men were able to make it to the biggest game in the NFL.