On Sunday we saw A.J. Hawk and Matt Wilhelm of the Green Bay Packers join a select group of former Ohio State football players to win both a college national championship and a Super Bowl as players.
Preceding them as Ohio State national champions who played on the winning side in the Super Bowl were New York Jets running back Matt Snell (Super Bowl III), Baltimore Colts offensive lineman Bob Vogel (Super Bowl V), Miami Dolphins wide receiver Paul Warfield (Super Bowl VII and VIII), Oakland Raiders safety Jack Tatum (Super Bowl XII), Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes (Super Bowl XLIII) and New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith (Super Bowl XLIV).
Snell, Vogel and Warfield all played for Ohio State’s 1961 national championship team while Tatum was a member of the ’68 squad that ran the table and was crowned No. 1.
Hawk, Holmes, Smith and Wilhelm were members of the 2002 Ohio State champions.