Tucson-area pro athletes

Falcons’ Reed first Tucson native to play in Super Bowl


Former Sabino High School and Arizona Wildcats standout Brooks Reed will make history today for Tucson when he participates in the Super Bowl for the Atlanta Falcons against the New England Patriots.

Reed, a linebacker for the Falcons, will become the first Tucson-born player to participate in football’s grandest game. The only other player born in Southern Arizona to be on a Super Bowl roster was punter Mitch Hoopes, a Bisbee native who was also a former Arizona standout who played with the Dallas Cowboys in Super X against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A few players raised in Southern Arizona have advanced to the Super Bowl but they were not born in Tucson:

— Cholla graduate Vance Johnson, who played in three Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos, was born in Trenton, N.J.

— Amphi graduate Riki Ellison, who won two Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, was born in Christchurch, New Zealand.

— Salpointe graduate John Fina, who played in two Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills, was born in Rochester, Minn.

— Former Sahuaro standout Rodney Peete, a member of the Carolina Panthers’ Super Bowl team in 2004, was born in Mesa.

NFL players born in Southern Arizona

Bold indicates Super Bowl participant
Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com

Player Pos City From To G
Brooks Reed LB Tucson 2011 2016 88
Ka'Deem Carey RB Tucson 2014 2016 36
Blake Martinez ILB Tucson 2016 2016 13
Michael Smith RB Tucson 2012 2012 1
Norm Katnik C Tucson 2006 2006 3
Sean Harris LB Tucson 1995 2001 83
Rich Griffith TE Tucson 1993 2000 90
Mike Scurlock DB Tucson 1995 1999 65
Danny Villa T Nogales 1987 1998 157
Cole Ford K Tucson 1995 1998 38
Ron Hall TE Fort Huachuca 1987 1995 119
Eric Thomas DB Tucson 1987 1995 111
Steve McLaughlin K Tucson 1995 1995 8
Mike Pagel QB Douglas 1982 1993 132
Vance Mueller RB Tucson 1986 1990 73
Kevin Thomas C Tucson 1988 1988 10
Frank Garcia P Tucson 1981 1987 77
Sam Merriman LB Tucson 1983 1987 71
Jeff Colter DB Tucson 1984 1987 17
Jeff Kiewel G Tucson 1985 1987 28
David Adams RB Tucson 1987 1987 3
George Duarte DB Tucson 1987 1987 3
Tim Smith WR Tucson 1980 1986 90
Gary Hayes DB Tucson 1984 1986 42
Andre Tyler WR Tucson 1983 1983 14
Mitch Hoopes P Bisbee 1975 1977 25
Paul Robinson RB Tucson 1968 1973 79
Sonny Campbell RB Marana 1970 1971 25
Mike Kellogg FB Tucson 1966 1967 10
Gordie Smith TE Douglas 1961 1965 54
Alex Bravo DB Tucson 1957 1961 43
Gib Dawson HB Bisbee 1953 1953 7
Ed Salem DB Tucson 1951 1951 12
Arthur Fletcher E Fort Huachuca 1950 1950 1
Ben Chase G Bisbee 1947 1947 11
Lee Mulleneaux C Safford 1932 1938 53
Gil LeFebvre B Douglas 1933 1935 15

Arizona Wildcats Super Bowl Players

Bold denotes Super Bowl champion
Source: ArizonaWildcats.com

Player Pos No. Years Teams
Glenn Parker OL 5 1991-94/2001 Buffalo/New York Giants
Tedy Bruschi LB 5 1997/2002/2004-05/2008 New England
Rob Gronkowski TE 3 2012/2015/2017 New England
Vance Johnson WR 3 1987-88/1990 Denver
Randy Robbins S 3 1987-88/1990 Denver
John Fina OL 2 1993-94 Buffalo
Ricky Hunley LB 2 1987-88 Denver
Mike Freeman C 2 1987-88 Denver
Theopolis Bell WR 2 1979-80 Pittsburgh
Jackie Wallace CB 2 1975/1980 Minnesota/St. Louis
Brooks Reed LB 1 2017 Atlanta
Mike Bell RB 1 2010 New Orleans
Michael Johnson DB 1 2008 New York Giants
Antonio Pierce LB 1 2008 New York Giants
Lance Briggs LB 1 2007 Chicago
Joe Tafoya DE 1 2006 Seattle
Josh Miller P 1 2005 New England
Frank Middleton OL 1 2003 Oakland
Trung Canidate RB 1 2002 St. Louis
Brandon Manumaleuna TE 1 2002 St. Louis
Edwin Mulitalo OL 1 2001 Baltimore
Chris McAlister CB 1 2001 Baltimore
Joe Salave’a DT 1 2000 Tennessee
Jose Portilla OL 1 1999 Atlanta
Brad Henke DT 1 1990 Denver
Mitch Hoopes P 1 1976 Dallas
Ron Gardin WR 1 1971 Indianapolis

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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