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Manningham won't be a Super Bowl hero this year.

Manningham won't be a Super Bowl hero this year.

Last year, Mario Manningham was one of the stars of Super Bowl XLVI, as his great sidelines catch helped the Giants defeat the Patriots (although it wasn’t even his most meaningful catch in that game). As a member of the 49ers this season, Manningham has been placed on injured reserve, but that doesn’t make him ineligible to earn a second straight Super Bowl ring. Brandon Jacobs, who was waived by the 49ers in December, is in the same boat.

How rare is that? Believe it or not, only four players in NFL history have ever won back-to-back Super Bowls with different teams. Guard Russ Hochstein was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2001 and played in one game in 2002; he was waived in October and signed by the Patriots a week later. He stayed in New England through 2008, so Hochstein picked up a Super Bowl ring for his cup of coffee with the Bucs and then earned two more the next two seasons in New England. Hochstein was also a freshman with Nebraska in 1997, when the Cornhuskers were named national champions by USA Today and ESPN.

Defensive back Derrick Martin was drafted by Baltimore in 2006 and has already spent time with four distinguished franchises. He made the AFC Championship Game with the Ravens in 2008, won the Super Bowl with the Packers in 2010, won another super Bowl with the Giants in 2011, and nearly made it back there this year with New England.

Those are the two obscure names. The other two? Well, let’s see if you can guess.

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  • Shattenjager

    I got the first one without the hints, but guessed Charles Haley for the other and didn’t realize I was wrong until the third hint.

    • DB

      Interesting – I went through the exact same progression

  • JWL

    It is kind of surprising that there has only been four. When seeing the title of this post I figured there would have been at least seven such players by now.

    It would be interesting to see a list of players who lost consecutive conference championships with multiple teams. Jim Leonhard is one.

  • Independent George

    Back during Michael Jordan’s second championship run, my friends and I played a game we tried to calculate the NBA players with the lowest minutes played:championship rings ratio. Obviously the NFL doesn’t track minutes or snaps like the NBA, but we should be able to do something similar with games played.

  • Pkay

    I believe Ken Norton Jr. holds the NFL record for player with the most consecutive Super Bowl Wins, with 3 in a row.

  • Trevor

    Well Brandon Browner is now added to the list.