Jared Goff, the 2016 first pick in the NFL draft, gets to carry on a unique legacy at this year’s Super Bowl — he is the 5th Cal Bear quarterback to start in the Super Bowl. That number reflects the most of any school in Super Bowl history. Notre Dame, Purdue, and Alabama have the distinction of coming in second, with three QB’s each.
Besides Goff, Joe Kapp, Craig Morton, Vince Ferragamo, and Aaron Rodgers are part of the illustrious class.
Kapp started Super Bowl IV. Known for his unorthodox, gunslinger ways, Kapp was knocked out of the game won by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Morton was the starter for the Dallas Cowboys. He started Super Bowl V in what was, arguably, the worst professional football game ever played. Between the Cowboys and the Baltimore Colts, the two teams combined for 5 lost fumbles and six interceptions, three thrown by Morton in the last eight minutes of the game. The game ended with Baltimore nailing a 32-yard field goal as time expired.
Ferragamo gets the distinction of representing two schools. He was a starter at Cal, but later transferred to Nebraska when he was replaced in Berkeley by Steve Bartkowski. Ferragamo played well in a fabulous Super Bowl in 1980. It just happens to be that Ferragamo and his L.A. Rams ran into the legendary Pittsburgh Steelers led by Terry Bradshaw. A late Ferragamo interception, the only blemish of the game, cost the Rams a chance to win.
The best of the bunch is future Hall of Famer Rodgers. The Cal phenom dominated Super Bowl XLV while beating the Steelers, 31-25. During the playoffs that year, Rodgers had a monumental run, completing 68% of his passes for just under 300 yards per game. It was one of the most dominating performances in playoff history, resulting in a much-hyped victory for the Green Bay Packers.