CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Today is Super Bowl Sunday, considered an unofficial national holiday in our country. Even though we are a small state, West Virginia has made its share of contributions to the NFL championship game.
I am sure I am leaving someone out, but here are names that stick out to me from our state as contributors to the NFL's biggest game.
10. Alex Hawkins and Jim "Gummy" Carr: Hawkins was born in Welch, played his high school football at South Charleston and college football at South Carolina. Carr played at East Bank and then Morris Harvey. They did not play in a Super Bowl, but they did play for the NFL championship before the Super Bowl era. Hawkins was a receiver for the Baltimore Colts when they beat the New York Giants in the 1959 title game, and Carr was the starting left cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles when they beat Vince Lombardi and the Packers in the 1960 championship.
9. Dennis Harrah: A 1971 Stonewall Jackson graduate, Harrah played in college at Miami (Fla.) and went on to become one of the great offensive linemen in Los Angeles Rams history. He played in the 1979 Super Bowl, a Rams loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
8. Randy Moss: The former DuPont and Marshall star played in two Super Bowls, one with New England and then last season with San Francisco. His touchdown on a Tom Brady pass in 2008 would have been a game-winning catch for an undefeated New England team, but the Giants rallied to win.
7. Darryl Talley: The former WVU defensive star played in four straight Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills from 1990-93. The media give the Bills a hard time for never winning one, but winning four straight AFC titles was an incredible feat.
6. Bob Jeter: The former star at all-black Dunbar High in Weirton and integrated Weir High, Jeter was one of the great players in Big Ten and Rose Bowl history at Iowa. He was a star cornerback for Vince Lombardi and the Packers, winning an NFL title in 1965 and playing in the first two Super Bowls following the 1966 and 1967 seasons.
5. Walter Easley: The former Stonewall Jackson star played offense and defense at WVU and won a Super Bowl ring in 1982 with the 49ers in a win over the Bengals. It was the start of the Bill Walsh/Joe Montana San Francisco dynasty.