Ex-Ravens kicker earns Super Bowl ring

The reason why kicker Steven Hauschka is a Super Bowl champion comes from his ability to move past his failure with the Baltimore Ravens.

Cut by the Ravens four seasons ago, Hauschka earned a ring Sunday night by delivering 11 points (two field goals and five extra points) in the Seattle Seahawks' 43-8 rout of the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.

In the first quarter, Hauschka kicked field goals from 31 and 33 yards after the Seahawks stalled in the red zone. The rest of his night was making the point-after following five touchdowns.

"I can't begin to comprehend it all," Hauschka said after the game. "It really feels surreal. You work so hard all offseason … you just hope that once in your career you can get to a game like this where it matters. I feel so fortunate to have such a great team and to be put in this position."

Hauschka joined the Ravens in 2008 when he was the team's kickoff specialist and long-range field goal kicker. The next season, after Matt Stover wasn't re-signed, he beat out Graham Gano in the preseason but struggled in the regular season, making 9 of 13 kicks (69.2 percent). Hauschka hooked a potential game-winning 44-yard kick in Minnesota, and he was cut three weeks later after missing a 36-yard field goal and getting an extra point blocked in a win at Cleveland.

After being released by the Ravens, he bounced around three NFL teams (the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions and Broncos) and one United Football League team (Las Vegas Locomotives) before landing with the Seahawks.

The only other former Ravens player in the Super Bowl this year was safety Michael Huff, who was released by Baltimore in the middle of the season. Huff was one of three Broncos players who suited up but did not play.