Former FIU lineman receives second super bowl ring

Alejandro Aguirre/ Asst. Sports Director

New England Patriots offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann has played on the right team at the right time throughout his brief NFL and collegiate career. This past Super Bowl Sunday, he was once again on the winning side of the game which now gives him two Super Bowl rings.  On Sunday he won his second Super Bowl ring after the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX.  This year Hauptmann was on the Patriots practice squad so unfortunately he was not able to play in the playoff games or the Super Bowl.

Unlike this year, last year Hauptmann was on the Seattle Seahawks and on their active roster. Last year, he won his first Super Bowl ring on the same team who lost this year’s Super Bowl. So this was perfect timing for the FIU alumnus.

Overall in Hauptmann’s football career, he has accumulated three football championship rings. Two of them, previously mentioned, were in the NFL and his first ring he received was when he wore the Panther’s blue and gold in 2010.

During his days playing for FIU, Hauptmann was the teams left tackle.  For those who are not familiar, in 2010 the Panthers won the Sun Belt Conference championship and the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. He played a key role as one of the top offensive linemen that year. Hauptmann was fortunate enough to play during what many fans call the football team’s “hay day.”

In FIU history, Hauptmann is the second player to be part of a Super Bowl championship team. The first FIU player was former safety Nick Turnbull who was on the Chicago Bears practice squad. In 2007, the Chicago Bears played the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI in Miami. To connect all this together and come full circle, coincidently the Bear’s offensive coordinator the season they won Super Bowl XLI was current FIU Head Coach Ron Turner.


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