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February 5, 2012

Ivies Earn Super Bowl Rings with the New York Giants

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Portions courtesy of the Associated Press
Photo courtesy of the New York Giants

INDIANAPOLIS -- Three former Ivy Leaguers -- Kevin Boothe (Cornell), Zak DeOssie (Brown), Marc Ross (Princeton) -- are Super Bowl champions again as the New York Giants captured their second NFL title in four years with a 21-17 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

Boothe and DeOssie became just the third and fourth players in Ivy League history to earn two Super Bowl rings, joining Yale's Kenny Hill (Super Bowls XVIII with the Los Angeles Raiders and XXI with the Giants) and Princeton's Jason Garrett (Super Bowls XXVIII and XXX with the Dallas Cowboys). It is the second NFL title for Boothe and DeOssie as players and for Ross as a part of the Giants organization as the team's Director of College Scouting.

Also on the Giants' sidelines was Dr. Russell Warren, an orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and a 1962 Columbia graduate. Dr. Warren has been the team physician for New York for the past 30 years and was present on the sidelines for his fifth Super Bowl with the team.

Named special teams captain for the 2011 season, DeOssie called tails at the coin toss to start the game. The coin landed on heads but the Patriots deferred to the second half. DeOssie, in his fifth NFL season, handled the long snapping duties on the PAT after the Giants' first touchdown and both field goals. Boothe started and played the entire game at left guard as New York compiled 396 offensive yards. Boothe is also in his fifth year with the Giants and his sixth overall.

Super Bowl XLVI Most Valuable Player Eli Manning one-upped Tom Brady and the Patriots again, coming back with a last-minute score for New York's fourth Super Bowl title.

The game was a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, when Manning led New York past New England to ruin the Patriots' bid for a perfect season and gave Boothe, DeOssie and Ross their first Super Bowl victory.

The 46th edition of the Super Bowl was the first with two starting quarterbacks who previously won the big game's MVP award -- and they took turns being brilliant. Manning became the first quarterback to open a Super Bowl with nine consecutive completions. Later, Brady put together a run of 16 completions in a row, breaking another Super Bowl mark.

But in the end, it was Manning who directed the nine-play, 88-yard drive that put New York ahead when running back Ahmad Bradshaw scored the winning touchdown.