This weekend former Weber State standout Paul McQuistan will be a part of Super Bowl XLVIII as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos in New York. McQuistan will become the seventh former Weber State player to participate in the Super Bowl.
This season the Lebanon, Ore., native played in 16 games and started in 14 games for the Seahawks this season as Seattle finished 13-3, the best record in the NFC. He has appeared in 83 regular season games in his nine years in the NFL and has started in 52 career games. He has played with the Oakland and Seattle.
McQuistan was drafted in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, following a four-year career at Weber State. With the Wildcats McQuistan played in 41 career games for the Wildcats between 2002-05 under head coaches Jerry Graybeal and Ron McBride. He started every game of the last three seasons and was an All-American in 2005 and earned All-Conference honors twice in his career. At Weber State he played alongside his twin brother Pat, who was also drafted in the 2007 NFL Draft and also spent nine years playing in the NFL. Pat has appeared in 72 career games for Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, Arizona and Tennessee.
Paul McQuistan will become the seventh Wildcat to be a part of the Super Bowl. The first Wildcat to play in the Super Bowl was Lee White who was a member of the New York Jets team with Joe Namath that defeated the Baltimore Colts 16-7 in Super Bowl III following the 1968 season. White played five seasons in the NFL for New York, Los Angeles and San Diego.
The Wildcat with the best success in the Super Bowl has been Daryl Pollard who won two Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers in 1988 and 1989. Pollard recovered a fumble in Super Bowl XXIII as the 49ers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16. The next season he started at cornerback in Super Bowl XXIV as the 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos 55-10. Pollard played in 65 games in five years in the NFL with San Francisco and Tampa Bay.
Alfred Pupunu started for the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX following the 1994 season. The Chargers lost to the 49ers 49-26. Pupunu started the game at tight end and had four catches for 48 yards. He also caught a two-point conversion for the final scoring play of the game, the last player in Big Sky Conference history to score a point in the Super Bowl. He played in 103 career games in nine years in the NFL with San Diego, New York Giants, Kansas City and Detroit.
Former Weber State standout quarterback Jamie Martin, the 1991 Walter Payton Award winner, played nine years in the NFL. During the 2001 season Martin was a part of the St. Louis Rams team that played in Super Bowl XXXVI. The Rams lost 20-17 to the New England Patriots. Martin did not play in the game but did play in 12 games for the Rams that season. He appeared in 53 career games in his nine years in the NFL with St. Louis, Jacksonville and New Orleans.
The last Wildcat to win a Super Bowl ring was Marcus Mailei who was a member of the 2009 New Orleans Saints team that won Super Bowl XLIV, beating the Indianapolis Colts 31-17. Mailei was signed late in the 2009 season and played in two regular season games for the Saints.