Won Super Bowls 10+ Years Apart
|Yrs||Player||From||To||Tm||Super Bowl Wins|
|13||Ted Hendricks||1970||1983||BAL-RAI||1970, 1976, 1980, 1983|
|12||Ray Lewis||2000||2012||BAL||2000, 2012|
|11||Matt Bahr||1979||1990||PIT-NYG||1979, 1990|
|10||Bill Romanowski||1988||1998||SF-DEN||1988, 1997, 1998|
Vince Wilfork could join this list as well, as he could have a 10-year span with his title in 2004.
While last week's piece focused on the possible 13-year run by Brady and Belichick and where it stacks up against those in other sports, this week's will look at the fact that Brady, Wilfork and Belichick could win a championship ten years after their last.
Brady and Wilfork can be the third and fourth players to win Super Bowls a decade apart without any in between:
*If Patriots win
The longest drought between Super Bowl wins for a coach is Tom Landry's six years. Belichick would beat that by plenty and would have the longest stretch since the pre-Super Bowl era of the 1960s.
NFL Coaches, Most Seasons Between Championships
*If Patriots win
Conzelman's first title even predates the NFL Championship Game, which began in 1933. 19 years after his Providence Steam Rollers did just that for the '28 crown, he led the Chicago Cardinals past the Eagles in the title game. Halas has two different streaks on this list from his 40-year career. As player-coach, he guided the Chicago Staleys to the 1921 pennant before winning the first Championship Game in '33. His Bears then went 17 years between titles from 1946-1963.
Let's look at the other major American pro sports. In baseball, there have been 24 players to play for the winning side in the World Series, then win another a decade or more later.
MLB Players, Most Seasons Between World Series Championships
Pirates swingman Babe Adams won all three of his starts against Ty Cobb's Tigers in the 1909 World Series, including a shutout in Game Seven. 16 years later, a 43-year-old Adams was clearly at the end of the line (5.42 ERA). But he did get an inning of mop-up work to finish a Game Four loss in the 1925 Series. That loss put Pittsburgh in a 3-1 hole, but the Bucs won three straight to become the first team to make that comeback in the Fall Classic.
MLB Managers, Most Seasons Between World Series Championships
|17||Tony La Russa||1989||2006||OAK-STL|
Harris was the second baseman/player-manager for the '24 Senators in their thrilling seven-game World Series win over the Giants. After retiring as a player, he bounced between gigs in Detroit, Boston and back in D.C. before landing with the Yankees in 1947. He won a title in his first season in the Bronx, but after a third-place finish in '48, he was let go and replaced by Casey Stengel.
The only player in NBA history to have play ten seasons between titles is Earl Cureton (11). The center backed up Moses Malone on the 1983 76ers. After spending most of the next decade playing in minor leagues and in Europe, Cureton was back in the NBA with the Rockets late in the 1994 season. He played two regular season games and 10 games in the postseason, including two minutes in Game Seven of the NBA Finals against the Knicks.
As for coaches, there have been four that have gone seven or more seasons between championships, with one lapping the field.
NBA Coaches, Most Seasons Between Championships
As Heat general manager in 2006, Riley fired head coach Stan Van Gundy and took over the job himself, winning a fifth championship. Miami's star, Dwyane Wade, was only six years old when Riley won his first title with the Lakers in 1988.
NHL Players, Most Seasons Between Stanley Cups
15 players have lifted the Stanley Cup after a decade-long drought. The 16 years between championships for Chelios ties him with Babe Adams for the longest stretch on any of these lists. He won another with the Red Wings six years later at 46 years old, which inspired this note from my piece last week:
"Chris Chelios won his first Stanley Cup in 1986 with the Canadiens when I was not yet born. Chris Chelios won his last Stanley Cup in 2008 with the Red Wings 18 days after I graduated from the University of Rhode Island."
Two coaches have done what Belichick aims to do Sunday. Dick Irvin piloted the Maple Leafs to the 1932 Cup and won the first of three with the Canadiens in 1944. Scotty Bowman won nine championships, including a four-peat with Montreal from 1976-79. 13 years later he won another, this time with the Penguins in 1992 before adding three more with Detroit from 1997-2002.