Super Bowl had campus connection

Former Bulldog and current Giants quarterback David Carr earned
his first Super Bowl ring Sunday alongside teammate Bear Pascoe,
another Bulldog alum.
Photo courtesy of Fresno State Athletics

Ex-‘Dogs David Carr and Bear Pascoe help New York Giants win Super Bowl XLVI

Bear Pascoe and David Carr were the latest products of Fresno State to collect championship rings in New York’s 21-17 win over New England Sunday in Super Bowl XLVI.

In a league that is becoming more and more filled with Bulldogs, Carr and Pascoe were the only ‘Dogs on the field celebrating Sunday. Patriots’ offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Ryan Wendell stood by losing quarterback Tom Brady as they endured a devastating loss.

Pascoe had four catches for 33 yards against the Patriots. The two tight ends above Pascoe on the depth chart were sidelined due to game-ending injuries, paving the way for the Manning-Pascoe connection.

Pascoe played tight end at Fresno State for four years and was drafted into the NFL in 2009 by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round. Pascoe later landed himself a spot on the active roster for the New York Giants, and this Sunday played the biggest 60 minutes of his life.

“It feels great to be one of the four players from Fresno State playing in the Super Bowl,” Pascoe said. He attributed his success to the determination to follow a game plan of perseverance and hard work.

During his time as a tight end at Fresno State, Pascoe tied the school’s single-game touchdown reception record with three against Texas A&M. He also currently holds the record as the Bulldog with the most field goals blocked in a career with six.

“My experience at Fresno was very helpful when I entered the NFL. The program that coach Hill ran was a pro-style offense, so when I got to the NFL a lot of the blocking scheme and actually some of the terminology was the same.”

Quarterback Carr was also on the active roster for the Giants Sunday. Although Carr didn’t make an appearance on the field, he expressed his excitement via Twitter following the win.

“Dogs are #SB46 CHAMP #bulldogbornbulldogbred,” Carr tweeted after the game. Carr finally got the chance to hold the Vince Lombardi trophy, the most revered prize in the NFL.

“He actually was on the phone with my Mom while he was holding the trophy,” said David’s younger brother Derek. “Hearing how excited and happy he was, was so awesome to hear.

“[It’s] so much better than going 2-14 with the Texans,” Derek added. “He goes from being the lowest and getting the first draft pick to wearing a Super Bowl ring. And to see how happy he was and my family, you know, I couldn’t be happier for him.”

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