Jonathan Vilma and Jeremy Shockey are the latest former University of Miami players who will soon be making a major fashion statement. Both played significant roles in helping the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in the Super Bowl on Sunday night.
Vilma, the leader of the Saints defense, was all over the field and led New Orleans with eight tackles and two passes defended. Shockey caught a touchdown pass from Saints QB Drew Brees in the fourth quarter to secure the lead for good for the Saints. As a result, Vilma and Shockey will now get to join other former Hurricanes and sport the latest fashion when they receive and wear their Super Bowl rings.
As University of Miami fans know both players also played prominent roles on the 2001 UM National Championship team, one that many college football experts consider the best of all time. Miami won it's games by an average of 33.2 points that season, the largest margin in team history. The UM defense led the Country in scoring defense, passing defense and turnover margin by scoring 8 TDs of their own.
At Miami, Vilma was also the undisputed leader of the Hurricane defense at MLB. In the National Championship game at the Rose Bowl against Nebraska he made several wicked hits on Cornhusker running backs that UM fans remember well. He finished that game with a team high 9 tackles (7 solo), 3 of which were for a loss, and 1 sack of 'Husker QB Eric Crouch.
Shockey led the Hurricanes with 40 receptions in 2001 while compiling 519 yards and 7 TDs. He teamed with teammates WR Andre Johnson (7 receptions for 199 yards and 2 TDs) and QB Keny Dorsey to dominate the defenseless Cornhuskers in the Rose Bowl. Shockey caught five passes for 85 yards and a 21 yard TD in the BCS title game as Miami surged to a stunning 34-0 halftime lead before winning the gamne by the score of 37-14.
So the only question left is exactly how many former Hurricanes have won a Super Bowl ring?
Answer that one and you'll win some Canespace gear!