Feb. 6, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Former Utah State football player Jarrett Bush and assistant coach John Rushing are Super Bowl champions after helping the Green Bay Packers to a 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers to win Super Bowl XLV Sunday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Bush is one of five players with ties to the Western Athletic Conference on the Packers' rosters, joining G Daryn Colledge (Boise State), FB Korey Hall (Boise State), WR James Jones (San Jose State) and CB Tramon Williams (Louisiana Tech).
Additionally, Bush is one of two players from a Utah school on the Packers' roster, but is the only active player as LB Brady Poppinga from BYU is on Green Bay's injured reserve list.
Bush becomes the first former USU football player to be Super Bowl champion since Rod Moore was on the Super Bowl XXIX winning San Francisco 49ers in 1994, helping the 49ers to a 49-26 win over the San Diego Chargers. Overall, Bush is the sixth former Aggie player to be on the Super Bowl winning team, joining Lionel Alderidge, who was a member of the Super Bowl I and II champions in 1966 and 1967, Jim Turner on the Super Bowl III winning New York Jets in 1968, Cornell Green of the Super Bowl VI champions in 1971, Solomon Miller of the Super Bowl XXI winning New York Giants in 1986 and Moore in 1994.
Counting Bush, a total of 13 former USU players have played in the Super Bowl. Overall, it marked the 20th Super Bowl that has had a former Aggie in it, as Greg Kragen leads the way with three Super Bowls (XXI, XXII and XXIV) for the Denver Broncos in 1986, 1987 and 1989.
A fifth-year cornerback/safety, Bush saw action on special teams and defense on Sunday, had an interception in the third quarter that set up Green Bay's third TD in putting the Packers ahead, 21-3. Bush also had five tackles, one pass deflection and one QB hurry.
During his two seasons at USU, Bush was a first-team all-Western Athletic Conference cornerback in 2005 and also ranked sixth in the NCAA in passes defended that season with 1.36 per game.
Rushing is in his second year as the Packers' offensive quality control coach, after spending six seasons (2003-08) at Utah State, where he coached the cornerbacks as well as the punt return squad. As an Aggie assistant coach in 2008, Rushing was selected to be a participant in the National Football League's Minority Internship Program with Green Bay, and joined the Packers' staff in January, 2009.
Additionally, Rushing coached the Aggies' punt return unit. In 2007, Kevin Robinson led the nation with an 18.9-yard average on punt returns on the way to All-American honors, and was selected in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Robinson, who is Rushing's younger brother, returned 19 kickoffs for 420 yards (22.1 avg.) and 11 punts for 94 yards (8.5 avg.) in eight games played for the Chiefs in '08.
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