Good Luck to Kent State Alums Edelman, Kline and Boyer in Super Bowl XLIX

Photo of Julian Edelman (Photo credit: New England Patriots)Former Golden Flashes continue Kent State’s strong ties to Patriots and Super Bowl

On Feb. 3, 2008, Julian Edelman and Josh Kline both watched the New England Patriots play in Super Bowl XLII. Three days later, Kline signed a national letter of intent to become Edelman’s teammate at Kent State. Little did they know, they’d be preparing to represent the Patriots seven years later on the world’s biggest stage.

Now in his sixth year with the Patriots, Edelman is heading to his second Super Bowl as the team’s top receiver. The former All-Mid-American Conference Kent State quarterback has made more than 90 catches in each of the past two seasons.

Kline is in his second season with New England and is coming off his first career postseason start at right guard. As a rookie, he played in seven games, starting one. This season, Kline took full advantage of his opportunities, playing in the last 11 regular season games with four starts.

Photo of Josh KlineThe Kent State Golden Flashes’ football program also will be represented by Josh Boyer, New England’s cornerbacks coach. Boyer’s coaching beginnings go back to Kent State, where he served as a graduate assistant in 2002 and 2003 under Dean Pees

Coincidentally, Pees also made a pair of trips to the Super Bowl with the Patriots. The Golden Flashes’ head coach from 1998-2003, Pees was the linebackers coach during New England’s run to Super Bowl XXXIX and was elevated to defensive coordinator, before making his way back to the big game in 2008. 

Former Golden Flashes with the Patriots in the Super Bowl doesn’t end there. Ken Walter punted for both Kent State and New England’s Super Bowl XXXVI and XXXVIII teams. Just five years before Walter’s first appearance, Mike “Scooter” McGruder represented Kent State and the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI. 

Kent State is just one of 15 institutions to have two players on the same Super Bowl team this season. Since former running back Don Nottingham’s appearance in 1974, Kent State has been well represented at the Super Bowl.

Former Kent State players in the Super Bowl:

Player Years at Kent State Super Bowl(s) Team
Josh Kline 2008-12 XLIX New England Patriots
Julian Edelman 2006-08 XLVI, XLIX New England Patriots
James Harrison 1999-2001 XL, XLIII, XLV Pittsburgh Steelers
Usama Young 2003-06 XLIV New Orleans Saints
Danny Muir 2003-06 XLIV Indianapolis Colts
Ken Walter 1992-94 XXXVI, XXXVIII New England Patriots
Eugene Baker 1995-98 XXXVIII Carolina Panthers
Dan Goodspeed 1998-99 XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jason Gavadza 1996-99 XXXV Baltimore Ravens
O.J. Santiago 1994-96 XXXIII Atlanta Falcons
Bob Hallen 1994-97 XXXIII Atlanta Falcons
Mike McGruder 1980-83 XXXI New England Patriots
Jack Lambert 1971-73 IX, X, XIII, XIV Pittsburgh Steelers
Don Nottingham 1968-70 VIII Miami Dolphins

Former Kent State coaches in the Super Bowl:

Coach Years at Kent State Super Bowl(s) Team(s)
Josh Boyer Grad Asst. (1998-2003) XLVI, XLIX New England Patriots
Dean Pees Head (1998-2003) XXXIX, XLII, XLVII New England Patriots/Baltimore Ravens
Perry Fewell Assistant (1988-91) XLVI New York Giants
Dom Capers Grad Asst. (1972-74) XLV Green Bay Packers

The Kent State community wishes good luck to its alumni at the Super Bowl. 

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Photo credit for Julian Edelman (top) and Josh Kline (bottom) photos: New England Patriots

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2024 09:43 PM
Aaron Chimenti