Henry Lawrence king of area Super Bowl participants

adell@bradenton.comFebruary 2, 2014 



To every professional football player the goal is getting to the Super Bowl. To win it is a bonus.

And to win multiple rings puts you in rare company.

So it is with Henry Lawrence. He is the area's King of Super Bowl winners, earning three rings with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders during his 13-year NFL career.

The former Lincoln High great, who played his last season at Manatee High, says they are all special, but his favorite was Super Bowl XVIII because it was played in Tampa.

"To win a Super Bowl is an indescribable experience," the offensive lineman said. "Even though the magnitude of it today is way beyond what it was when I played it's still a great experience. The guys today are making six to seven times more money and social media makes it even bigger, but it doesn't take away what is was for me and my teammates."

Lawrence started in Super Bowls XV and XVIII and was a reserve in his first one in 1977 in Super Bowl XI when the Raiders defeated Pittsburgh 32-14.

"The one that meant the most to me was the last one because it was played in Tampa," Lawrence said. "To play it in my backyard was pretty unique. I was able to go home and have everyone partake in it."

The Raiders defeated Washington 38-9 in that game and previously in Super Bowl IV beat Philadelphia 27-10.

Lawrence, of Palmetto, who recently filed to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, is one of six players from Manatee County to play in a Super Bowl. He is one of three to win it and the only person to win multiple rings.

Here is a look:

• Bill Anderson (Manatee High/Green Bay): The receiver has the distinction of playing in the first Super Bowl when the Vince Lombardi Packers defeat Kansas City 35-10. He didn't put up any stats, but was in uniform in what would be his final NFL game, ending a six-year career.

• Alvoid Mays (Manatee/Washington): A reserve defensive back, got himself a ring when the Redskins defeated the Jim Kelly-led Buffalo Bills 37-24. He recorded a sack for his only stat of the game. He retired four seasons later to end his six-year career starting 12 of 74 games.

• Tyrone Williams (Manatee/Green Bay): The cornerback appeared in consecutive Super Bowls with Green Bay, earning a ring in Super Bowl XXXI ('96) with a 35-21 victory over New England and finishing short in a 31-24 loss to Denver. He was a rookie reserve in his first Super Bowl, but started the second year and had a fumble recovery. He started five straight years for Green Bay, recording 19 interceptions before finishing his career with Atlanta and Dallas; played on back-to-back national title teams with Nebraska prior to joining the NFL.

• Peter Warrick (Southeast/Seattle): Played on Seattle's only Super Bowl team (XL in '06). Warrick was at the end of his career that was cut short because of a knee injury with Cincinnati. In a 21-10 loss to Pittsburgh, he returned four punts for 27 yards in what would be the final NFL game for the fourth overall pick in the 2000 draft pick only five years earlier. Won national title with FSU year prior to beginning NFL career.

• Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Lakewood Ranch/Denver): The cornerback will be appearing in his second Super Bowl Sunday when Denver faces Seattle. Played in Super Bowl XLIII with Arizona, which lost to Pittsburgh 27-23

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