Florida Gators Football: How Former UF Players Performed in the Super Bowl

John PattonContributor IFebruary 8, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots celebrates after catching a 12 yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady #12 in the third quarter against Deon Grant #34 of the New York Giants during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Here's a fun trivia question for you:

Name the only former Florida Gators football player to earn a Super Bowl XLVI championship ring last Sunday?

OK, "earned" might be a stretch. That's your only hint.

If you answered "Justin Trattou," give yourself a helmet sticker.

The one-time Gator defensive end spent most of his rookie campaign inactive, recording one tackle in six games. But, he is a New York Giant, so Trattou also is a Super Bowl winner.

On the other side of the field, runner-up New England had quite a few contributors who once matriculated in Gainesville.

Second-year tight end Aaron Hernandez led all Patriots with eight receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately for him, he might most be remembered for a late drop. That's a shame because he doesn't drop many (as Tim Tebow would attest).

Linebacker Brandon Spikes, also in his second season, was very active, tying teammate Jerod Mayo for the game lead in tackles with eight solo and three assists. Like Mayo, Spikes also forced a fumble.

Once thought by many scouts and analysts to be too slow to be a major contributor in the NFL, Spikes—on the short list of Florida's all-time greatest defensive players—is becoming a productive pro.

And longtime veteran defensive tackle Gerard Warren may have recorded just one solo tackle and one assist, but his position isn't one that compiles major numbers, and he was plenty disruptive throughout the contest.

Former UF defensive end (now outside linebacker) Jermaine Cunningham concluded the season on injured reserve.