Four Ex-Trojans To Be In Super Bowl XLII

Jan. 22, 2008

Four former Trojans---linebacker Junior Seau and quarterback Matt Cassel of the New England Patriots and wide receiver Steve Smith and defensive tackle Manuel Wright of the New York Giants---have made it to Super Bowl XLII on Sunday, Feb. 3, in Glendale, Ariz.

It's Seau's second trip to the Super Bowl, but it's been 13 years since his last appearance as a member of the San Diego Chargers in the 1995 game. Cassel was a rookie when the Patriots played in the 2005 Super Bowl. Smith is a rookie this season and Wright is in his third NFL season, but this will be his first Super Bowl.

Additionally, ex-USC linebacker Oscar Lua is a rookie on the Patriots, but is on the injured reserve squad. Former USC athletic trainer Byron Hansen is the Giants' coordinator of rehabilitation.

At least one Trojan has appeared in all but three of the 42 Super Bowls (there have been 96 USC representatives overall). Two Trojans (Lynn Swann in 1976 and Marcus Allen in 1984) have been the Super Bowl MVP. In 1977, nine USC alums played in the Super Bowl.

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