THIS DAY IN SPORTS: Two Super Bowl rings born on The Blue

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This Day In Sports…February 6, 2011:

Boise State has two alums in the Super Bowl for the first time—and two Super Bowl champions for the first time. Starting left guard Daryn Colledge and fullback Korey Hall earned rings in Green Bay’s 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. Hall was supposed to be a starter, too. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy had tabbed him to open at fullback. The Packers, however, began in a one-back, three wide receiver set, so that one’s not official. Aaron Rodgers, playingin what is still his only Super Bowl, was the game’s MVP after throwing for 304 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

Colledge and his offensive line comrades got high marks for protecting Rodgers in the face of Pittsburgh’s pressure. Colledge’s day was almost affected with seven minutes left in the game when he was whistled for a false start on third-and-five, giving the Packers a third-and-10 from their own 25 with a tenuous three-point lead. But it was on the next play that Rodgers hit Greg Jennings for 31 yards and a gigantic first down, and the Pack went on to cash in with a crucial field goal.

Colledge came to Boise State from North Pole, AK, as a Dirk Koetter recruit in 2000. He grayshirted that fall, then redshirted under Dan Hawkins in 2001 before becoming a four-year starter at left tackle. Colledge was drafted in the second round by the Packers in 2006, at that time the third-highest pick ever out of Boise State. He launched a streak of five straight Broncos left tackles to be taken in the NFL Draft. Colledge played in 141 games and started 137 in a nine-year career with the Packers, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins.

Interestingly enough, Hall became the first former Bronco ever to record a Super Bowl offensive stat, as modest as it was. The pride of Glenns Ferry High gathered in a two-yard pass from Rodgers during the Packers’ first touchdown drive. It seems like an anonymous play, but hey, it was seen. At the time, Super Bowl XLV was the most-watched television event in history.

Hall was a superstar with the Pilots and joined Boise State in 2003, playing immediately as a true freshman. He made as many big plays as any linebacker in school history, including a three-interception night against Oregon State in 2004 that including a game-turning pick-six. Hall became a fullback with the Packers after being drafted in the sixth round in 2007. He played five NFL seasons—four with Green Bay and one with New Orleans. Hall never had a rushing attempt in the NFL, but he made 21 catches for 137 yards and one touchdown in his career. His 11 interceptions as a Bronco were good prep.

(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment during the football season on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra. He also anchors four sports segments each weekday on 95.3 FM KTIK and one on News/Talk KBOI. His Scott Slant column runs every Wednesday.)


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