Both then went on to play for the Oklahoma Sooners and both have played in, and won, a Super Bowl.
“It was an unbelievable thrill, really” Hughes told KRMG news. Randy went to the Dallas Cowboys out of OU and admitted he got a little spoiled. “I was fortunate enough to play in three in my first four years” he smiled. “We thought we were going to go every year” he continued.
Randy had to wait for that first ring. Dallas lost to Pittsburgh twice with a win over Denver sandwiched in between. “It’s the stuff that’s going to last in your mind forever” Hughes noted.
Spencer Tillman won his Super Bowl ring as a part of the San Francisco 49ers in 1990. The Niners beat Denver and Spencer didn’t just play, he went out for the coin flip with two Hall of Famers. “I was a captain along with Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott” Tillman remembered. “There are not a whole lot of words that can capture it, it’s just something you have to experience” he continued.
Spencer said a lot of the game is a blur but he does have one specific memory of the night before. “The late Bobb McKittrick who was our offensive line coach put on a tape of Patton, the movie.” Spencer chuckled as he went on “all I remember was Patton’s last words when he said we’re gonna run through ‘em like blank through a goose.”
Frisco did just that, hammering the Broncos 55-10.
Coaches tell players to approach the Super Bowl like it’s any other game but that’s hard to do. KRMG news asked Hughes and Tillman what they were thinking and feeling the night before and in the locker room prior to the game.
Tillman: “For me it was just going over repetition, maybe listen to some quiet music. While everybody else was listening at the time to Bobby Brown and all the other stuff I was listening to Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky trying to get some kind of calm and peace.”
Hughes: “We had a lot of fun at the games, lot of movie stars were there and a lot of distractions. They let you go out the first three or four nights, you had a curfew but it was like 1:30am or 2:00 am but the last three nights they tied you down and made you really focus on what you were there for.”
Super Bowl 47 matches San Francisco and Baltimore and kicks off at 5:37 p.m Sunday at the Super Dome in New Orleans. CBS will broadcast the game.