The 2014-15 NFL season concluded on Sunday with three players with ties to the Florida Gators on teams competing for the league championship in Super Bowl XLIX.
The New England Patriots ultimately defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win the Super Bowl, and as a first-round pick of the Patriots in the 2014 NFL Draft, former Gators defensive tackle Dominique Easley picked up a ring for his efforts early in the season. (He was put on injured reserve ahead of the postseason and did not play on Sunday.)
With Easley on New England’s roster, a former Florida player was on a Super Bowl team for the 13th consecutive season. The Patriots’ victory ensured that a former Gators player earned a ring for the sixth time in the last seven seasons (four-straight). Overall, UF has 25 Super Bowl rings won by 18 different players over 19 Super Bowls.
Also trying to win a ring on Sunday was former Florida defensive back Marquand Manuel, who was in his third year as an assistant with Seattle. Former Gators defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, in his second year holding the same position with the Seahawks, was also hoping to win another title; Quinn is expected to take the head coaching gig in Atlanta as soon as Tuesday.