Patrick Mahomes will be the first Big 12 quarterback to start in the Super Bowl when the Chiefs and 49 ers fulfill Sunday at Hard Rock Arena in Miami.
Who was the last quarterback in the conference to start in the Super Bowl? It’s a little a technique concern.
Three-time Super Bowl winner Troy Aikman began his profession at Oklahoma, however moved and completed his college profession at UCLA. In Fact, Vince Ferragamo was the last quarterback to do it: He began his profession at Cal prior to moving to Nebraska– then in the Big 8. He began in Super Bowl 14 for the Los Angeles Rams versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mahomes will end that 40- year dry spell for those quarterbacks Sunday.
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“I was not aware of that,” Ferragamo informed Sporting News when asked to respond to that odd piece of Super Bowl trivia. “It’s like, ‘Wow, it took that long.’ At the time it was the Big Eight. … Since those days, a lot has happened. The game has changed.”
Mahomes has actually assisted altered the understanding for Big 12quarterbacks He ended up with 11,252 death yards and 93 passing goals to 29 interceptions at Texas Tech prior to Kansas City picked him with the No. 10 general choice in the 2017 NFL Draft. He won NFL MVP honors in 2018 after tossing for 50 goals, and now the Chiefs remain in the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years.
Mahomes has actually done all that with more than simply no-look passes: He has actually assisted get rid of the unfavorable understanding of how Big 12 quarterbacks translate in the NFL.
That understanding goes back to Ferragamo, who played in the Big 8 at a time when Nebraska and Oklahoma ran alternative offenses that controlled collegefootball Ferragamo was a 4th-round choice in 1977.
The conference moved to a more pass- pleased league as the Big 12, which was established in 1994 and begun competition in1996 It produced remarkably couple of first-round chooses prior to Mahomes in 2017:
|Gamer||School||Draft (general choice)|
|Vince Young||Texas||2006 (3 )|
|Josh Freeman||Kansas State||2009 (17)|
|Sam Bradford||Oklahoma||2010 (1 )|
|Blaine Gabbert||Missouri||2011 (10)|
|Robert Griffin III||Baylor||2012 (2 )|
|Ryan Tannehill||Texas A&M||2012 (8 )|
|Brandon Weeden||Oklahoma State||2012 (22)|
Because Mahomes, nevertheless, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (2018) and Kyler Murray (2019) have actually been picked with the No. 1 general choice. Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury took the exact same position for the Arizona Cardinals, and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley is continuously pointed out when the NFL coaching carousel turns.
“I think the QB traits from year’s past — ‘Can he throw? Is he big? Is he strong? Is he an accurate passer? Does he have a good head on his shoulders?’ — those things are important for the quarterback,” Ferragamo stated. “But the game has changed, and you have to roll with the times.”
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Mahomes can keep the excellent times rolling with more playoff success. Mahomes and Tannehill won playoff games this year and led the Chiefs and Titans to the AFC Championshipgame Aside from Aikman and Ferragamo, Kordell Stewart (1997, 2001) and Lynn Dickey (1982) are the just other quarterbacks from the conference to win an NFL playoff start.
In the last Super Bowl look, Ferragamo led the Rams versus the Steelers. Los Angeles led 13-10 at halftime, however the Steelers retreated in the second half of a 31-19 victory.
“I think Patrick has the same task at hand next week. This is one of the best young defenses I’ve seen in a long time,” Ferragamo stated. “Now, do they compare to Pittsburgh? Yeah, maybe so. They really have a great front-four pass rush. In some ways, they are like the Fearsome Foursome.”
Ferragamo, nevertheless, stays pleased with Mahomes, specifically his capability to be a fantastic communicator on the field. He calls it an “unspoken magic,” and it’s one that was cultivated in the Big 12.
“It’s the wide-open offense he was so accustomed to playing in,” Ferragamo stated. “If you watch them and you’ve been in the huddle, you can appreciate the way they describe the play and how confident the level of their expression is.”