It's a Texas Coin Toss for Super Bowl XXXVIII; Hall of Famers Campbell, Matson, Maynard, Singletary, Tittle & Upshaw to Represent State
HOUSTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Six members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- Earl Campbell, Ollie Matson, Don Maynard, Y.A. Tittle, Mike Singletary and Gene Upshaw -- will represent the state of Texas as they participate in the pre-game coin toss for Super Bowl XXXVIII on Sunday, Feb. 1 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, the National Football League announced today. The state of Texas has produced many NFL greats, including 24 of the 221 members enshrined in Canton, Ohio. The coin will be minted by Highland Mint and will feature the Super Bowl XXXVIII logo on one side and the two competing team's logos -- the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers and the AFC Champion New England Patriots -- on the other side. Houston will be home to the Super Bowl for the second time in history, the first coming 30 years ago. Super Bowl XXXVIII will be televised by CBS to an expected 130 million viewers in the United States, and a potential worldwide audience of 1 billion viewers. The Super Bowl is annually the nation's highest-rated TV program and the most-watched single-day sporting event. Game time is 6 p.m. EST/5 p.m. CST/3 p.m. PST. Campbell, who was born in Tyler, Texas, was a Heisman Trophy winner and Texas All-America running back. He played for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints. He was the first player taken in the 1978 NFL Draft and promptly won NFL MVP, All-Pro and Rookie of the Year honors in his first year. He duplicated his rushing title, MVP honors and All-Pro selection the next two years. Campbell rushed for 9,407 yards and scored 74 touchdowns during his eight-year career. Matson, who was born in Trinity, Texas, was a defensive All-America at halfback at the University of San Francisco. He was the first draft pick in 1952 and played for the Chicago Cardinals (1952, 1954-58), Los Angeles Rams (1959-62), Detroit Lions (1963) and Philadelphia Eagles (1964-66) during his 14 years. He had 12,844 combined yards in his career including 5,173 yards rushing, 222 receptions, 438 points and nine TDs on punt and kickoff returns. He also was a U.S. Olympic medal winner in track in 1952. Maynard, who hails from Crosbyton, Texas, came out of Texas Western and made his mark at wide receiver with quarterback Joe Namath. Maynard played for the New York Giants (1958), the New York Titans/Jets (1960-72) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1973) during his 15-year-career. Maynard went over 50 catches and 1,000 yards in five different seasons. He caught 633 passes for 11,834 yards and 88 TD's during his career. Singletary, who was born in Houston, starred at Baylor and was a staple as linebacker for the Chicago Bears during a 12-year pro career. The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1985 & 1988), Singletary was All-Pro eight times and an all-NFC selection nine straight years (1983-1991). He was selected to 10 consecutive Pro Bowls. His career stats read: 1488 tackles (885 solo), 51 passes defenses, 12 fumble recoveries and seven interceptions. Mike is currently the linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens. Tittle, who was born in Marshall, Texas, played quarterback during his 17 years of pro football. He played for the Baltimore Colts (1948-50), San Francisco 49ers (1951-60) and the New York Giants (1961-64). He took the Giants to three division titles and was the NFL's MVP in 1961 and 1963. During his career, he had 2,427 completions, 33,070 yards, 242 TDs and 13 games of over 300 yards passing. Tittle was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. Upshaw, who hails from Robstown, Texas, was the first player who played guard to enter the Hall of Fame. The former Texas A & M star was the first pick in the 1967 draft and played 15 years for the Oakland Raiders. He played in 10 AFL/AFC title games, three Super Bowls and seven Pro Bowls. Upshaw was all-league seven years and second-team All-NFL four other times. He had a string of 207 straight regular season games. Upshaw has served as the executive director of the NFL Players Association since 1983. The other Hall of Famers from Texas include: Lance Alworth, Sammy Baugh, Raymond Berry, Eric Dickerson, Joe Greene, Forrest Gregg, Mike Haynes, Ken Houston, Jimmy Johnson, Tom Landry, Dick Lane, Yale Lary, Bobby Layne, Bob Lilly, Mel Renfro, Charley Taylor, Clyde Turner and Doak Walker. The honor roll for the Super Bowl coin toss is as follows: Super Bowl XII Red Grange Super Bowl XIII George Halas Super Bowl XIV Art Rooney Super Bowl XV Marie Lombardi Super Bowl XVI Bobby Layne Super Bowl XVII Elroy Hirsch Super Bowl XVIII Bronko Nagurski Super Bowl XIX President Ronald Reagan and Hugh McElhenny Super Bowl XX Bart Starr Super Bowl XXI Willie Davis Super Bowl XXII Don Hutson Super Bowl XXIII Nick Buoniconti, Bob Griese* and Larry Little Super Bowl XXIV Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Art Shell & Willie Wood Super Bowl XXV Pete Rozelle Super Bowl XXVI Chuck Noll Super Bowl XXVII O.J. Simpson Super Bowl XXVIII Joe Namath Super Bowl XXIX Otto Graham, Joe Greene, Ray Nitschke & Gale Sayers Super Bowl XXX Super Bowl Most Valuable Players (Joe Montana tossed coin) Super Bowl XXXI Mike Ditka, Tom Flores, Tom Landry*, Chuck Noll, George Seifert and Hank Stram Super Bowl XXXII Joe Gibbs, Eddie Robinson and Doug Williams Super Bowl XXXIII Raymond Berry, Roosevelt Brown, Art Donovan, Frank Gifford, Sam Huff, Tom Landry, Gino Marchetti*, Don Maynard, Lenny Moore, Jim Parker, Andy Robustelli Super Bowl XXXIV Bud Grant, Lamar Hunt, Bobby Bell, Paul Krause, Willie Lanier, Alan Page, Jan Stenerud Super Bowl XXXV Marcus Allen, Ottis Anderson, Tom Flores, Bill Parcells Super Bowl XXXVI George H.W. Bush*, Roger Staubach Super Bowl XXXVII Don Shula*, Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, Larry Little, Jim Langer, Nick Buoniconti, and Paul Warfield Super Bowl XXXVIII Earl Campbell, Ollie Matson, Don Maynard, Mike Singletary, Y.A. Tittle, Gene Upshaw *tossed coin
SOURCE National Football League
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