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Former KC Rangers Play In Super Bowl

The millions that tuned in for Super Bowl 40 saw some East Texas talent out on the field.

Seattle Seahawk Robbie Tobeck and Pittsburgh Steeler Ricardo Colclough were once Kilgore Rangers.

In 2001, J.T. Thompson shared the field with the Steelers cornerback and kickoff returner Colclough.

"He played on defense," J.T. said. "I played on offense. So, we had to go against each other almost every day making each other better."

Even before kickoff, J.T. watched for a glimpse of his old teammate.

"We saw him runing around a little bit during pregame."

At Kilgore College,  Colclough stoodout. He was not the biggest man on the field but always came up big, including a 99 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

"He did that a lot at Kilgore," J.T. said. "He was pretty fast."

The Rangers were 12-0 and won the Southwest Junior College Championship with Colclough.
J.T. said Colclough making it to the big game was no major surprise.

"He knew the creases and could read it really well and could bust open at anytime."

It was almost a decade before when another Kilgore Ranger enjoyed championship success. That Ranger is now a Seahawk: center Robbie Tobeck.

"It's kind of wild when you see his past and where he is now," said Hallsville Assistant Coach Rodney Barthelemess.
Barthelemess played with Tobeck in 1990, when the Rangers also won the conference title.
Tobeck went on to Washington State.

"I can remember him calling the dorm room at Northeast (Louisiana) and telling us he was rooming with Drew Bledsoe."

Tobeck and his roommate of course went pro.

Rodney watched the game, pulling for his old friend.

"If it weren't for Robbie I really wouldn't care," Barthelemess  said. "But, I would like to see the Seahawks win."

But at the end of the night, Seahawk or Steeler, a former Kilgore Ranger was on the winning team. Colclough had two kickoff returns, the longest for 22 yards.

Maya Golden reporting,
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