Santonio Holmes is the 19th Ohio State player to play in and win a Super Bowl, the first Buckeye to be named Super Bowl MVP, and, in his third NFL season ... the greatest Super Bowl Buckeye ever.
Before Holmes, 20 other Buckeyes had won a total of 27 Super Bowl rings. Four-time Super Bowl participant and three-time winner Mike Vrabel of the New England Patriots makes a compelling case with his Super Bowl resume.
But it's hard for it to get bigger for Ohio State than Holmes' game-winning catch on Sunday.
Not bad for a guy who was the second most-known receiver on the Buckeyes during 2005, his final year in Columbus, and, though he was the 26th player taken in the 2006 Draft, was the fourth of the five Ohio State players that went in the first round.
I only covered Holmes' final season at Ohio State, in 2005, but in my four years on the OSU beat, he might be at the top of the list of great players whose greatness was never completely appreciated at the time.
Holmes is fifth in OSU history with 140 career receptions and 2,295 yards and he's third with 25 touchdown catches.
His 131-yard game against Arizona was his fifth 100-yard receiving game in three NFL seasons. In his three seasons at Ohio State, he had six 100-yard games, including his final game, when he caught five passes for 124 yards against Notre Dame in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.
Feel free to suggest other great OSU moments in Super Bowl history - I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on the complete history of Buckeyes in the Super Bowl.
But that catch in that spot - that's tough to beat. I imagine a photo of that play will find its way into the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Santonio Holmes at Ohio State
2003 - 32 catches for 549 yards and 7 touchdowns
2004 - 55 catches for 769 yards and 7 touchdowns
2005 - 53 catches for 977 yards and 11 touchdowns
100-yard receiving games
vs. Indiana - 6 catches for 153 yards
vs. Michigan - 10 catches for 121 yards
vs. Marshall - 10 catches for 224 yards
vs. Michigan State - 5 catches for 150 yards
vs. Indiana - 5 catches for 104 yards
vs. Notre Dame - 5 catches for 124 yards
1. Paul Warfield, WR, 1964 NFL Draft, first round, Cleveland Browns -- Warfield played six seasons in Cleveland (1964-69, 1976-77) and another five seasons with the Miami Dolphins (1970-74). He was a member of the Browns' 1964 NFL championship team, and part of two Super Bowl-winning teams with the Dolphins. Warfield was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and a 1983 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
2. Lou Groza, OL/DL/K, Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns (1946-1959, 1961-67). Groza was a member of all four of the Browns' All-American Football Conference championship teams and four NFL championship Browns teams (1950, 1954, 1955 and 1964). Groza was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and a 1974 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
3. Jim Parker, OL 1957 NFL Draft, first round, Baltimore Colts -- Parker played 11 seasons for the Colts (1957-1967), and was a member of the Baltimore's NFL championship-winning teams of 1958 and 1959. Parker was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and a 1973 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
4. Bill Willis, G, was signed out of Ohio State by the Cleveland Browns, for whom Willis played eight seasons. Willis was a member of all four of the Browns' All-American Football Conference championship teams, as well as Cleveland's 1950 NFL championship squad. Willis was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a 1977 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
5. Orlando Pace, OT 1997 NFL Draft, first round, St. Louis Rams -- Pace played 12 seasons for the Rams (1997-2008) and one final season with the Chicago Bears (2009). He was a member of the Rams' Super Bowl XXXIV-winning team, and a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. Will be sure induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame 2014; first year eligible.
6. Dick LeBeau, CB 1959 NFL Draft, fifth round, Cleveland Browns -- LeBeau never played for the Browns, instead playing 14 seasons for the Detroit Lions (1959-1972). LeBeau was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a 2010 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
7. Dante Lavelli, WR 1947 NFL Draft, 12th round, Los Angeles Rams -- Lavelli never played for the Rams, instead playing 11 seasons for the Cleveland Browns (1946-1956). Lavelli was a member of all four of the Browns' All-American Football Conference championship teams and three NFL championship Browns teams (1950, 1954 and 1955). Lavelli was a 1975 inductee into the Pro Footall Hall of Fame
8. Jim Marshall, DE, 1960 NFL Draft, fourth round, Cleveland Browns -- Marshall played one season for the Browns (1960) before playing 19 years for the Minnesota Vikings (1961-1979). Marshall started 270 consecutive games on the defensive line.
9. Cris Carter: 1987 NFL Supplemental Draft, fourth round, Philadelphia Eagles -- Carter played three seasons for the Eagles (1987-89), 12 years for the Minnesota Vikings (1990-2001) and one year for the Miami Dolphins (2002). He was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and a 2013 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
10. Eddie George RB, 14th overall pick of the Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans) in 1996 NFL Draft. George won the NFL Rookie of the Year award in 1996, and was the Oilers/Titans' starting tailback through 2003, never missing a start due to injury. He made the Pro Bowl four consecutive years (1997–2000), and assisted the Titans to a championship appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV. He is only the second NFL running back to rush for 10,000 yards while never missing a start, joining Jim Brown. Only Walter Payton (170) started more consecutive regular-season games than George’s 128.