Eagles' LeGarrette Blount, Chris Long join exclusive group in Super Bowl history
A pair of Philadelphia Eagles joined an exclusive club Sunday night.
With the Eagles' 41-33 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive lineman Chris Long won back-to-back titles with different teams and played in both Super Bowls. It's something only two other players in NFL history have achieved, an unusual feat of luck — or, from Long's point of view, smarts.
"We just made good decisions, me and LG,'' he told reporters after the game.
According toPro Football Talk, three other players have won rings with different teams in consecutive years — defensive backs Brandon Browner and Derrick Martin and offensive lineman Russ Hochstein — but they did not play in both Super Bowls.
Here's a look at the four players who have won consecutive Super Bowls with separate teams, how they got there and how they fared in the two title games.
LeGarrette Blount: Patriots/Eagles (2017-18)
After bouncing around a bit early in his career, the 31-year-old appeared to have found a home in New England, where he amassed 1,161 yards and a league-best 18 touchdowns in 2016. Instead, Blount wound up in Philadelphia on a one-year, $1.25 million contract. While he wasn't quite as productive during the regular season as he was during his last season in New England, his performance in Sunday's Super Bowl dwarfed his production last year. Blount ran for 90 yards and a score against his former team, after posting just 31 rushing yards on 11 carries in Super Bowl LI.
Chris Long: Patriots/Eagles (2017-18)
Long spent the first eight seasons of his professional career with the middling St. Louis Rams before striking free-agent gold in back-to-back years. After being cut by the Rams in Feb. 2016, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, recorded four regular-season sacks and won a Super Bowl. Then, when that contract expired, he signed a two-year deal with the Eagles, notching five regular-season sacks and winning his second title in as many seasons.
Deion Sanders: 49ers/Cowboys (1994-95)
One of the most electric players of his generation, Sanders also made a wise strategic move to win back-to-back Super Bowls in the mid-90s. After intercepting a pass in a 49-26 win over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX, the 1994 defensive player of the year put himself on the open market, soliciting offers from a variety of teams. He landed with the Dallas Cowboys, in part, because it gave him a chance to win another title. He did just that the following year, hauling in a 47-yard catch during the Cowboys' 27-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ken Norton: Cowboys/49ers (1993-94)
Norton was one of the best linebackers in the league, and an integral part of the Cowboys' defense, when he hit the market in 1993. Despite being named to the Pro Bowl, and helping guide Dallas to a 30-13 win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII, the Cowboys let him walk. Norton, who is now the Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator, landed with the 49ers and finished his career there, playing alongside Sanders in San Francisco on the 1994 championship team.
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