Only Seven Former UTEP Miners Have Won Super Bowl Rings
As we get ready for the Big Game on Sunday from SoFi Stadium, some Miners fans know that Don Maynard was a star on the famous New York Jets team that defeated the Baltimore Colts to win Super Bowl 3. Although Maynard did not catch a pass in the game, two weeks earlier he caught the game winning pass against Oakland to send the Jets to the Super Bowl. He also was nursing a hamstring injury that nobody knew about and he gladly became a decoy for the Colts defense while the Jets running game did most of the damage in Miami that day.
When you go down the list of all 56 Super Bowls, there are only a total of five former TWC/UTEP Miners who won rings. That includes Maynard. Here are the other four.
George Daney - Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV
That's right, just a year after the Jets historic win, the AFL made it two in a row over the NFL. The two leagues would officially merge in 1970. Daney was selected by the Chiefs in the first round of the 1968 NFL Draft and he played on the offensive line with them until 1977.
Tony Tolbert - Dallas Cowboys Super Bowls XXVII, XXVIII, XXX
Tolbert played for the Cowboys from 1989 (fourth round draft pick) until 1997. The former Miner standout on the defensive line enjoyed similar success in the NFL and #92 was part of three championship teams in Big D. He was also a member of the All Rookie team in 1989 and he went to his lone Pro Bowl in 1996. Had it not been for chronic knee pain, Tolbert would have stayed in the league long past the age of 30.
Chris Jacke - Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XXXI
Jacke, a former teammate of Tolbert at UTEP, spent eight seasons with the Packers and his final year in Green Bay was capped off with a Super Bowl win over New England. Jacke kicked field goals from 37 and 31 yards in the big win. He would later play with Washington and Arizona, but he will forever be known in Green Bay for his accurate right foot.
Seth Joyner - Denver Broncos Super Bowl XXXIII
Joyner enjoyed a terrific 13-year career in the NFL, with most of his prime years spent with the Philadelphia Eagles. Joyner actually spent his last two seasons of his NFL career in the Super Bowl, but after losing to the Broncos as a member of the Packers, he won his only ring the following season as a Denver Bronco. That was the last game of his career.
Lee Mays - Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XL
TD Lee as he was known to UTEP fans had a five year NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although he did not see any playing time during Pittsburgh's Super Bowl run, he still received a ring for his contributions to the franchise during that regular season.
*Jon Dorenbos - Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl LII
Despite Dorenbos being traded to New Orleans and then being forced to retire due to an aortic aneurysm that led to open heart surgery, the former Miner was given an honorary Super Bowl ring by Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie for his 11 seasons with the Eagles.