The Arizona State Sun Devils are your Super Bowl champions! Well, three former Sun Devils are, following the New England Patriots’ epic comeback win to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, 34-28, to capture Super Bowl 51 in Houston, Texas.
Former Sun Devils offensive lineman Jamil Douglas, running back DJ Foster, and wide receiver Devin Lucien were on the field to celebrate their current organization’s victory. The trio represents the 23rd, 24th and 25th former ASU football players to win the Lombardi Trophy.
Congrats to Super Bowl Champions @ASTATE_8 @D_Lucien15 @JamilDouglas75 pic.twitter.com/k2nPqtFBGt— Todd Graham (@CoachGrahamASU) February 6, 2017
Foster—who signed with the Patriots after going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft—was a part of New England’s 53-man roster, however was listed as inactive prior to the game.
Douglas and Lucien were both members of the Patriots’ practice squad.
For Foster, the journey to a Super Bowl ring follows a senior year at ASU during which he posted one of the least productive campaigns of his college career. This led to him being left out of the 2016 Senior Bowl before receiving a last-minute invite. He ultimately went undrafted, but signed with New England as a priority free agent.
He stuck around through training camp, and went on to participate in three regular season games, finishing the year with seven rushing attempts and 24 yards, to go with one catch for two yards. Now, he’s a Super Bowl champion.
Congrats to @ASTATE_8 Hometown Hero to Super Bowl Champ! Proud of you DJ! #SunDevilForLife pic.twitter.com/qQs5q4auJ2— Todd Graham (@CoachGrahamASU) February 6, 2017
February 6, 2017
Meanwhile, Douglas is a former fourth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins, where he was released from in October.
The Patriots signed the second-year pro to their practice squad just days after.
...... @FootballASU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's goooooooooooo pic.twitter.com/FrhxwtVhxw— Jamil Douglas (@JamilDouglas75) February 6, 2017
Lucien, a former UCLA transfer, was drafted in the seventh round by the Patriots this past offseason.
He was released following New England’s final wave of roster cuts, but was signed onto the Patriots’ practice squad.
Yooooooo. That happened! pic.twitter.com/UMECm3g7a8— Devin Lucien (@D_Lucien15) February 6, 2017
Devin Lucien's post on Instagram says it all... pic.twitter.com/PsYLUDyyqP— James Escarcega (@James_Escarcega) February 6, 2017
This marks the second season in a row an ASU trio will earn a ring after quarterback Brock Osweiler, defensive back Omar Bolden and wide receiver Kyle Williams earned a ring with the Denver Broncos after their win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
According to PitchforkPosts, this was the 40th Super Bowl to include at least one Sun Devil. The win gives ASU a total of 31 Super Bowl rings.
There’s been 53 former Sun Devils on Super Bowl teams, as well. For further numbers and explanation on who they might be, you can check out PitchForkPosts, here.