B.J. Daniels Could Receive His Second Super Bowl Ring On Sunday
Former USF quarterback B.J. Daniels could receive a second Super Bowl ring as early as Sunday.
A Tallahassee native, Daniels saw great success at USF and in the Big East. At the end of his collegiate career he held the following USF records:
• Second all-time in rushing attempts (526)
• Fourth all-time in rushing yards (2,068)
• First all-time in rushing TDs (25)
• Third all-time in passing attempts (1,132)
• Third all-time in completions (649)
• Third all-time in passing yards (8,433)
• Tied for second all-time in passing TDs (52)
• Third all-time in total plays (1,658)
• Second all-time in total offense (10,501)
At the end of his collegiate career he also held a number of Big East records:
• Third all-time in rushing yards by a QB (2,068)
• Sixth all-time in passing attempts (1,132)
• Sixth all-time in completions (649)
• Sixth all-time in passing yards (8,433)
• Second all-time in total plays (1,658)
• Third all-time in total offense (10,501)
• Fifth all-time in TDs responsible for (77: 52 pass / 25 rush)
Daniels’ took over the starting QB position after then QB Matt Grothe suffered a career-ending knee injury against Charleston Southern in 2009.
Daniels was drafted in 2013 by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round. He was released in October of his rookie year to be immediately swooped up by the Seattle Seahawks. There Pete Carroll put Daniels to work.
“Of course he’s a third quarterback, but we’ll see this week how he works to fit in on special teams. He’s a backup returner for us, he can play running back and wide receiver as well. He’s been doing that all year, so he’s a very versatile guy for us to bring to life right now,” Carroll said to Fox Sports’ Sam Gardner.
Throughout his time at Seattle Daniels was moved back and forth between active roster and practice squad. Then in 2015 he was signed off the Seahawks’ practice squad to to join the 53-man roster of the Houston Texans.
Just last month Daniels was signed to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad after J.D. McKissic was waived from the roster. With this latest move Daniels could possibly receive his second Super Bowl ring. He received his first Super Bowl ring in 2014 when the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43 to 8.
Though he’s on the practice squad, should the Falcons defeat the New England Patriots on Sunday Daniels will more than likely receive a ring. The Super Bowl gives the winning team 150 rings, but the team can buy as many as they’d like.
Traditionally a winning team will give rings to everyone on the 53-man roster, the entire coaching staff and the front office. Usually players on the practice squad, players on the injured reserve and players who were on the roster at some point throughout the season will also receive rings as teams often consider everyone who contributed to the team deserving of a ring.
As of today the only former USF Bull to make two Super Bowl appearances is Kayvon Webster, who won his first SB ring last year with the Denver Broncos. Daniels’ would be the first Bull to receive two SB rings.
Bulls in the Super Bowl
|2016 XLX||Kayvon Webster||DB||Denver||Feb. 7 vs. Carolina|
|2015 XLIX||B.J. Daniels*||QB||Seattle||L, 28-24|
|2014 XLVIII||Kayvon Webster||DB||Denver||L, 43-8|
|2014 XLVIII||B.J. Daniels*||QB||Seattle||W, 43-8|
|2012 XLVI||Jason Pierre-Paul||DE||N.Y. Giants||W, 21-17|
|2012 XLVI||Jacquian Williams||LB||N.Y. Giants||W, 21-17|
|2011 XLV||Sampson Genus*||C||Green Bay||W, 31-25|
|2008 XLII||Kawika Mitchell||LB||N.Y. Giants||W, 17-14|
|2005 XXXIX||J.R. Reed||DB||Philadelphia||L, 24-21|
|2003 XXXVII||Ryan Benjamin||LS||Tampa Bay||W, 48-21|
|2002 XXXVI||Kenyatta Jones||OL||New England||W, 20-17|
|2002 XXXVI||Scott McCready*||WR||New England||W, 20-17|
*Chart courtesy of USF Athletics.