When the seconds evaporated off the clock and Sean Payton was doused in a celebratory Gatorade bath, it not only solidified the New Orleans Saints' first Super Bowl victory, but also marked consecutive years that a Hofstra University alum would hoist the Lombardi trophy.
Marques Colston's Super Bowl victory was a follow up to another former Pride player, Willie Colon, who won the title last season with the Steelers.
Not bad for a program that was deemed "too hard to justify" keeping afloat when compared to other expenses of the school.
In December of last year Hofstra University's President, Stuart Rubinowitz, announced that the football program would be cut from university athletics, effective immediately.
The Pride, which was a member of Division I-AA, or the Football Championship Subdivision as it's now known, "could not attain significant national recognition, and it has had low student, community and media interest, attendance, and financial support," said Rubinowitz.
"In the end, we could not continue to justify the expense of football compared to the benefits it brought to the University."
Sure, the football program might be the most expensive to maintain, but what can compare to being able to say that you produced two straight Super Bowl champions?
Marques Colston, behind Drew Brees of course, is the Saints most talented offensive weapon.
Colston led the Saints in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns this season. He was also the Saints' leading receiver during their Super Bowl victory last night, with seven catches and 83 yards.
Colston holds the school records for most yards (2,834) and touchdowns (18), which he accumulated during his four years at Hofstra.
Colston's Hofstra teammate, Colon, is the starting right tackle for the Steelers, while Stephen Bowen, another teammate of Colston and Colon, is a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys. All three entered the NFL in 2006.
Probably the most famous NFL player to come from Hofstra University, however, is Wayne Chrebet. Chrebet, who played 10 seasons with the New York Jets, ranks third all-time behind Jets greats Don Maynard and Wesley Walker in receiving yards and touchdowns.
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