Posted: Feb 05, 2021
SAN MATEO - Will Andy Reid become the first former California Community College football player to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles as head coach? The former honorable mention All-America offensive lineman at Glendale Community College is already in select company after leading the Chiefs to victory in SB LIV last year.
Ex-CCC players have coached a dozen winning Super Bowl teams, starting with former College of San Mateo player John Madden(Oakland Raiders) in SB XI (1977). There were eight championships in 12 years, from 1981 (Tom Flores, Oakland Raiders/Fresno CC) to 1992 (Joe Gibbs, Redskins/Cerritos College). Included in that run were three titles by Bill Walsh (49ers/College of San Mateo) in 1982, 1985, and 1989. Gibbs also had three Rings, adding 1983 and 1988. Flores won his second title in 1984 (Los Angeles Raiders), completing five straight years of championships by CCC products.
Add to the list, in 2000, Dick Vermeil (St. Louis Rams/Napa JCplayer and head coach, San Mateo assistant coach) and Pete Carroll (Seahawks/College of Marin) in 2014 – defeating John Fox (Broncos/Southwestern College).
EVERY FULL DECADE TRADITION STARTED BY MADDEN: Former CCC players have coached a winning Super Bowl team in six straight decades since Madden started the tradition in 1977. (The 1970’s were the first full decade of Super Bowls, which began in January 1967.)
21 SUPER BOWL HEAD COACH APPEARANCES: This will be the 21st head coach appearance by a former California CC player! W-L record: 12-8 -- with 2021 pending.
There have been three head-to-head match-ups (mandating at least three losses):
SB XV (1981): Tom Flores defeated Dick Vermeil (Eagles), 27-10.
SB XVIII (1984): Flores defeated Joe Gibbs (Redskins), 38-9.
SB XLVIII (2014: Pete Carroll defeated John Fox (Broncos), 43-8.
Jim Fassel (New York Giants/Fullerton College) lost in SB XXXV to the Baltimore Ravens (Brian Billick), 34-7.
The remaining four losses were all to Bill Belichick (Patriots). See list below.
SUPER BOWL RUNNER UP HEAD COACHES / FORMER CCC PLAYERS (8):
2 --John Fox, Panthers & Broncos / Southwestern College.
1 --Mike Martz, St. Louis Rams / San Diego Mesa College; Jim Fassel, N.Y. Giants / Fullerton College;
Andy Reid; Joe Gibbs; Dick Vermeil; Pete Carroll.
Note: Martz has a Super Bowl Ring as offensive coordinator under Vermeil with the Rams in 2000.
FORMER CALIFORNIA CC PLAYERS WITH MOST SUPER BOWL RINGS AS HEAD COACHES:
3 – Bill Walsh, 49ers / College of San Mateo (XVI, XIX, XXIII).
3 – Joe Gibbs, Redskins / Cerritos College (XVII, XXII, XXVI).
2 -- Tom Flores, Raiders / Fresno CC (XV, XVIII) has four Super Bowl Rings, one as a player (Chiefs, IV), one as an assistant coach (Raiders, XI) to Madden.
--Reid is seeking his third ring. He has one as an assistant coach.
COLLEGES WITH MOST WINNING COACH SB RINGS BY FORMER CALIF. CC PLAYERS/COACHES:
5 – College of San Mateo; Players: Bill Walsh (3), John Madden (1). Coach: Dick Vermeil (1).
3 – Cerritos; Player: Joe Gibbs.
2 – Fresno CC; Player: Tom Flores
Madden was also a CCC head coach at Allan Hancock College.
MOST HEAD COACH SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES BY A FORMER CCC PLAYER:
4 – Joe Gibbs, Cerritos: XVII, XXII, XXVI (wins); XVIII (loss).
3 – Bill Walsh, San Mateo: XVI, XIX, XXIII (all wins).
3 – Andy Reid XXXIX (loss with Eagles), LIV (win), LV (t.b.a.).
FORMER CALIFORNIA CC PLAYERS WITH MOST SUPER BOWL RINGS:
7 – Neal Dahlen, College of San Mateo (5 in 49ers administration; 2 as Broncos GM
(Note: Dahlen held the all-time overall record with his seven rings until Bill Belichick, not a JC product, won his eighth in 2019 --- but with a former CCC player out of CSM, Julian Edelman, as the game MVP.)
-- A Coors Light commercial has been airing boosting Tom Flores for NFL Hall of Fame selection. All of the SB winning coaches who are former CCC players are in the California Community College Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, headquartered in Visalia.
-- SB LV came close to having the first head-to-head match of former CCC quarterbacks. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (Butte) and Buffalo’s Josh Allen (Reedley) lost in the conference championship games. Rodgers, in 2011, was the first former CCC player selected as a Super Bowl MVP.
-- New Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staleypontificates about his valuable experience as associate head coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College (2010-2011). He did not play JC football.
FORMER CALIFORNIA CC PLAYERS AS WINNING SUPER BOWL HEAD COACHES:
January 9, 1977, SB XI, John Madden, Oakland Raiders: College of San Mateo Player, Allan Hancock College Head Coach)
January 25, 1981, SB XV, Tom Flores, Oakland Raiders: Fresno CC Player.
January 24, 1982, SB XVI, Bill Walsh, San Francisco 49ers: College of San Mateo Player.
January 30, 1983, SB XVII, Joe Gibbs, Washington Redskins: Cerritos College Player.
January 22, 1984, SB XVIII, Tom Flores, Los Angeles Raiders, Fresno CC Player.
January 20, 1985, SB XIX, Bill Walsh, San Francisco 49ers: College of San Mateo Player.
January 31, 1988, SB XXII, Joe Gibbs, Washington Redskins: Cerritos College Player.
January 22, 1989, SB XXIII, Bill Walsh, San Francisco 49ers: College of San Mateo Player.
January 26, 1992, SB XXVI, Joe Gibbs, Washington Redskins: Cerritos College Player.
January 30, 2000, SB XXXIV, Dick Vermeil, St. Louis Rams: Napa JC Player & Head Coach, College of San Mateo Asst. Coach.
February 2, 2014, SB XLVIII, Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks: College of Marin Player.
February 2, 2020, SB LIV, Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs, Glendale Community College Player.
(Compiled by Fred Baer, JC Athletic Bureau / College of San Mateo Sports Information)