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The Big 12 and the Super Bowl: The Eighties

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It was the decade that gave us Madonna, Super Mario and Pac-Man.

The Eighties also gave us a lot of Big 12 players on Super Bowl teams, particularly during the 1987 season.

That was the notable year of the "replacement player," when NFL teams foisted substitute players for a three-game period when the regulars were out on strike. It might have been the worst idea in NFL history.

That's why the rosters of Super Bowl XXII participants Denver and Washington appear to have so many Big 12 players. It's because they had so many players in general.

Here's a look at the Super Bowl teams and their Big 12 alumni from their championship seasons.

1980
Oakland Raiders -- WR Cliff Branch (Colorado), S Mike Davis (Colorado), CB Lester Hayes (Texas A&M), RB I.M. Hipp (Nebraska), RB Kenny King (Oklahoma), DT Reggie Kinlaw (Oklahoma), T Lindsey Mason (Kansas), DB Odis McKinney (Colorado), LB Bob Nelson (Nebraska), DB Mike Spivey (Colorado), LB Greg Westbrooks (Colorado).

Philadelphia Eagles -- G Ron Baker (Oklahoma State), WR Luther Blue (Iowa State), DE-NT Thomas Brown (Baylor), RB Billy Campfield (Kansas), RB Jim Culbreath (Oklahoma), K Tony Franklin (Texas A&M), DB Zac Henderson (Oklahoma), NT Charlie Johnson (Colorado), TE Keith Krepfle (Iowa State), LB Ray Phillips (Nebraska), T Jerry Sisemore (Texas).

1981
San Francisco 49ers -- DB Ricky Churchman (Texas), LB Willie Harper (Nebraska), CB Eric Wright (Missouri).

Cincinnati Bengals -- G Glenn Bujnoch (Texas A&M), LB Tom Dinkel (Kansas), TE M.L. Harris (Kansas State), DT Rod Horn (Nebraska), RB Elvis Peacock (Oklahoma), WR David Verser (Kansas), G Bobby Whitten (Kansas).

1982
Washington Redskins -- DB Curtis Jordan (Texas Tech), DE Dexter Manley (Oklahoma State), DB Mike Nelms (Baylor), Tony Peters (Oklahoma), RB John Riggins (Kansas), RB Joe Washington (Oklahoma).

Miami -- DE Bill Barnett (Nebraska), S Glenn Blackwood (Texas), C Mark Dennard (Texas A&M), RB Andra Franklin (Nebraska), DB Mark Kozlowski (Colorado), TE Ronnie Lee (Baylor), K Uwe von Schamann (Oklahoma).

1983
Los Angeles Raiders -- RB Rick Berns (Nebraska), WR Cliff Branch (Colorado), S Mike Davis (Colorado), TE Don Hasselbeck (Colorado), CB Lester Hayes (Texas A&M), QB David Humm (Nebraska), RB Kenny King (Oklahoma), DT Reggie Kinlaw (Oklahoma), S Vann McElroy (Baylor), DB Odis McKinney (Colorado), LB Bob Nelson (Nebraska), RB Greg Pruitt (Oklahoma), CB Ted Watts (Texas Tech).

Washington Redskins -- S Curtis Jordan (Texas Tech), DE Dexter Manley (Oklahoma State), DB Mike Nelms (Baylor), RB John Riggins (Kansas), RB Joe Washington (Oklahoma).

1984
San Francisco 49ers -- FB Roger Craig (Nebraska), TE Al Dixon (Iowa State), DB Jeff Fuller (Texas A&M), CB Eric Wright (Missouri).

Miami Dolphins -- DE Bill Barnett (Nebraska), DE Charles Benson (Baylor), S Glenn Blackwood (Texas), TE John Chesley (Oklahoma State), FB Andra Franklin (Nebraska), TE Dan Johnson (Iowa State), DB Mike Kozlowski (Colorado), T-TE Ronnie Lee (Baylor), LB Jackie Shipp (Oklahoma), K Uwe von Schamann (Oklahoma).

1985
Chicago Bears -- P Maury Buford (Texas Tech), LB Brian Cabral (Colorado), WR-RB Dennis Gentry (Baylor), DT Steve McMichael (Texas), TE Emery Moorehead (Colorado), RB Thomas Sanders (Texas A&M), LB Mike Singletary (Baylor), DE Henry Waechter (Nebraska).

New England Patriots -- C Pete Brock (Colorado), CB Raymond Clayborn (Texas), G Paul Fairchild (Kansas), K Tony Franklin (Texas A&M), WR Irving Fryar (Nebraska), QB Steve Grogan (Kansas State), RB Greg Hawthorne (Baylor), DE Kenneth Sims (Texas), LB Ed Williams (Texas), NT Toby Williams (Nebraska),

1986
New York Giants -- K Raul Allegre (Texas), RB Tony Galbreath (Missouri), WR Bobby Johnson (Kansas), G-T Damian Johnson (Kansas State), T Karl Nelson (Iowa State), CB Elvis Patterson (Kansas), RB Lee Rouson (Colorado), NT Jerome Sally (Missouri), DE John Washington (Oklahoma State).

Denver Broncos -- G Keith Bishop (Baylor), CB Mark Haynes (Colorado), QB Gary Kubiak (Texas A&M), TE-FB Bobby Micho (Texas), RB Steve Sewell (Oklahoma), T Dave Studdard (Texas).

1987
Washington Redskins -- C Eric Coyle (Nebraska), DB Brian Davis (Nebraska), DB Charles Jackson (Texas Tech), WR Richard Johnson (Colorado), G David Jones (Texas), DE Dexter Manley (Oklahoma State), TE Terry Orr (Texas), G Phil Pettey (Missouri), WR Derrick Sheppard (Oklahoma), RB Timmy Smith (Texas Tech), DE Henry Waechter (Nebraska), S Alvin Walton (Kansas).

Denver Broncos -- G Keith Bishop (Baylor), WR Laron Brown (Texas), DE Steve Bryan (Oklahoma), CB Mark Haynes (Colorado), G David Jones (Texas), DB Leonard Jones (Texas Tech), LB Mike Knox (Nebraska), QB Gary Kubiak (Texas A&M), QB Monte McGuire (Texas Tech), TE-FB Bobby Micho (Texas), LB Marc Munford (Nebraska), DB Lyle Pickens (Colorado), RB-WR Steve Sewell (Oklahoma), T Dave Studdard (Texas), WR Shane Swanson (Nebraska), DE Jeff Tupper (Oklahoma), DE Ray Woodard (Texas).

1988
San Francisco 49ers -- DB Chet Brooks (Texas A&M), RB Roger Craig (Nebraska), RB Doug DuBose (Nebraska), S Jeff Fuller (Texas A&M), P Barry Helton (Colorado), FB Tom Rathman (Nebraska), RB Harry Sydney (Kansas), C Chuck Thomas (Oklahoma), CB Eric Wright (Missouri).

Cincinnati Bengals -- DB Rickey Dixon (Oklahoma), P Scott Fulhage (Kansas State), QB Mike Norseth (Kansas), G Bruce Reimers (Iowa State), DE Jim Skow (Nebraska), T Joe Walter (Texas Tech), S Solomon Wilcots (Colorado), RB Stanley Wilson (Oklahoma).

1989
San Francisco 49ers -- S Chet Brooks (Texas A&M), RB Reggie Craig (Nebraska), DB Jeff Fuller (Texas A&M), P Barry Helton (Colorado), FB Tom Rathman (Nebraska), RB Harry Sydney (Kansas), G Terry Tausch (Texas), C Chuck Thomas (Oklahoma), RB Spencer Tillman (Oklahoma), TE Jamie Williams (Nebraska), CB Eric Wright (Missouri).

Denver Broncos -- G Keith Bishop (Baylor), DB Kip Corrington (Texas A&M), DB Mark Haynes (Colorado), QB Gary Kubiak (Texas A&M), LB Marc Munford (Nebraska), G Mike Ruether (Texas), FB Steve Sewell (Oklahoma).

Note: Starters are in bold.