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Ryan Allen Adds to LA Tech's Super Bowl Legacy

Former Louisiana Tech Bulldog Ryan Allen punted four times for 196 yards in Super Bowl XLIX, including a Super Bowl record 64 yard punt in the third quarter.

Ryan Allen gets off a punt for New England against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
Ryan Allen gets off a punt for New England against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
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Ryan Allen, a two time Ray Guy award winner at Louisiana Tech, is off to a pretty good start in his NFL career. The Salem, OR native just finished up his second season in the league with a Super Bowl championship.

Louisiana Tech has had several players to recently play in the Super Bowl, including a few other specialists. In 1996, Chris Boniol helped the Dallas Cowboys win Super Bowl XXX. Another former Tech kicker, Matt Stover, won Super Bowls with both the Giants (Super Bowl XXV) and the Ravens (Super Bowl XXXV) in 1991 and 2001 respectively. David Lee was a punter for the Colts in Super Bowl V.

Other recent Louisiana Tech alumni that have won championships include Doug Evans with the Green Bay Packers in 1997, Tramon Williams with the Green Bay Packers (Super Bowl XLV) in 2011, Grant Williams with the Patriots (Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, and D'Anthony Smith, who was a member of the Seattle Seahawk's practice squad last season.

Louisiana Tech has a long history of Super Bowl champions, starting with Terry Bradshaw. The Blonde Bomber won four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, with back to back titles in 1975 and 1976 and then again in 1979 and 1980.

Bradshaw was the MVP of both of his last Super Bowl's, throwing for over 300 yards in both games and throwing a total of six touchdown passes in the two games. Former Louisiana Tech Bulldog Larry Anderson, who played his high school football down the road in Monroe, LA at Neville high School, was a defensive back on Bradshaw's last two championship Steeler teams.

Like Tramon Willimas, Larry Anderson was also an experienced kick returner. Both players have returned kicks in the playoffs, adding to the list of special teams players that have competed in Super Bowls out of Louisiana Tech.

Fred Dean won Super Bowls in 1982 and 1985 with the San Francisco 49ers. Dean had 9.5 careeer sacks in the postseason, including four in the 1984 season that ended with the 49ers beating the Dolphins 38-16 on January 20, 1985 in Super Bowl XIX.

Johnny Robinson, a defensive tackle, was a member of the Oakland Raiders when the beat the Redskins 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984.

In total, 15 former Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have been a part of 22 NFL championships. Three players won NFL Championships in the 1940's and 1950's, before the Super Bowl era. Leo Sanford with the Chicago Cardinals in 1958, Caleb Martin for the Cardinals in 1947, and Clyce Box for the Detroit Lions in both 1952 and 1953.