Feb. 2, 2014
For the 12th time in the last 15 years a Boilermaker has helped win a Super Bowl. Purdue graduate Cliff Avril was a driving force behind Seattle's 43-8 win over Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. Avril finished the game with three tackles, two PBU and helped pressure Broncos' quarterback Payton Manning into throwing a pair of first-half interceptions, both of which resulted in Seattle touchdowns - including one that was returned for a pick-six by teammate Malcolm Smith.
Avril, playing in his sixth season in the NFL and his first in Seattle, finished the regular season with 20 total tackles, including 8.0 sacks, and five fumbles forced. He was originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round in 2008. He lettered for the Boilermakers from 2004-2007 and finished his collegiate career with 35.5 tackles for loss and 13.0 sacks.
Purdue has had at least one player on a Super Bowl roster, win or lose, for 15 consecutive years.
12 Super Bowl Champions in the Last 15 Years
Jeff Zgonina (St. Louis Rams - XXXIV)
Rod Woodson (Baltimore Ravens - XXXV)
Matt Light and David Nugent (New England Patriots - XXXVI)
Mike Alstott (Tampa Bay Buccaneers - XXXVII)
Rosevelt Colvin, Brandon Gorin, Light and Gene Mruczkowski (New England - XXXVIII)
Colvin, Gorin, Light and Mruczkowski (New England - XXXIX)
Chukky Okobi (Pittsburgh Steelers - XL)
Gilbert Gardner and John Standeford (Indianapolis Colts - XLI)
Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints - XLIV)
Mike Neal (Green Bay Packers - XLV)
Bernard Pollard (Baltimore Ravens - XLVII)
Cliff Avril (Seattle Seahawks - XLVIII)