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Tigers in the Super Bowl

How do their careers stack up?

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Sunday will mark the 17th consecutive Super Bowl featuring a former LSU football player on one of the participating teams, with former Tigers Donnie Jones and Jalen Mills suiting up for the Eagles, and Ricky Jean Francois for the Patriots.

The winners will join a pretty cool select group — Tigers that have won both a national championship AND a Super Bowl:

Player Year of BCS Title - Year(s) of Super Bowl Title, Team
Joseph Addai 2003 - 2007 Indianapolis Colts
Eric Alexander 2003 - 2005 New England Patriots
Michael Clayton 2003 - 2012 New York Giants (Injured reserve)
Marlon Favorite 2007 - 2010 New Orleans Saints (Practice squad)
Matt Flynn 2007 - 2011 Green Bay Packers
Randall Gay 2003 - 2005 New England Patriots, 2010 New Orleans Saints
Devery Henderson 2003 - 2010 New Orleans Saints
Marquise Hill 2003 - 2005 New England Patriots
Quinn Johnson 2007 - 2011 Green Bay Packers
Brandon LaFell 2007 - 2015 New England Patriots
Stevan Ridley 2007 - 2015 New England Patriots (Injured reserve)
Justin Vincent 2003 - 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers (Practice squad)
Corey Webster 2003 - 2008, 2012 New York Giants

Let’s compare the three players’ careers:

Donnie Jones, Punter — 2000-2003

Jones, a Baton Rouge native, may be most well-known for closing out the final seconds of the 2004 Sugar Bowl with Oklahoma on a 40-yard punt. Over his four years, he averaged 42.1 yards per kick, with a long of 86 in the famous Bluegrass Miracle game with Kentucky in 2002. He was a freshman All-SEC selection in 2000, and was a second-team All-SEC pick by the coaches in 2002.

Jalen Mills, Defensive Back — 2012-2015

Mills arrived in Baton Rouge as just a three-star recruit out of DeSoto, Texas, but hit the field quickly and started 46 games in his career with six interceptions and 216 tackles as a cornerback and safety. He was a freshman All-American pick in 2012, and even made CBS Sports’ All-American team in 2015 despite playing in just seven games due to injury.

Ricky Jean Francois, Defensive Lineman — 2005-2008

Jean Francois battled injuries and academic/discipline issues in his time at LSU, starting just nine games. But he always flashed tremendous talent, such as when earning defensive MVP honors for the 2007 BCS Title Game with six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a blocked field goal in LSU’s championship victory over Ohio State. Francois appeared poised for a breakout in 2008 but battled injuries. He finished his career with 56 tackles. 10 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks for his career, but has faired much better in the pros with stints in San Francisco, Indianapolis, Washington and Green Bay before arriving in New England during the 2017 season.