Former offensive lineman Eric Fisher becomes fifth Chippewa to earn a Super Bowl ring
Central Michigan has featured several former players in the Super Bowl in previous years.
On one prior occasion, in 2011, former Chippewas faced each other as Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers squared off against Josh Gordy and Cullen Jenkins with the Green Bay Packers.
The 2020 Super Bowl again pitted Chippewas against one another. Joe Staley and the San Francisco 49ers took on Eric Fisher's Kansas City Chiefs.
Both first-round left tackles, Fisher being the only No. 1 overall pick in school and Mid-American Conference history, both were looking for their first Super Bowl championship.
Fisher held off Nick Bosa, the Defensive Rookie of the Year in the NFL, to help his Chiefs to their 31-20 victory at Hard Rock Stadium on Feb. 2.
Now a Super Bowl champion, Fisher joins a select group of Chippewas who have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.
Here are the five Central Michigan players that have earned rings after arriving in the NFL.
Tory Humphrey, CMU tight end 2001-2004, Super Bowl XLIV with New Orleans Saints
Humphrey was undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft. After an injury he was cut by the Packers before signing with the Saints. Humphrey was active for the regular season, but did not play during the playoffs.
In his career, which spanned eight seasons, Humphrey played in 31 games, starting nine, and caught 13 passes for 181 yards.
Humphrey caught 68 passes for 862 yards and seven touchdowns in his four seasons with the Chippewas. He was selected to the Freshman All-America Team by the Sporting News after catching 24 passes and three touchdowns in 2001.
Josh Gordy, CMU defensive back 2006-2009, Super Bowl XLV with Green Bay Packers
Gordy went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft after playing a key role in the 2009 Mid-American Conference champion Chippewas.
Gordy spent much of the 2010 season splitting time between the practice squad and the official roster for the Packers.
In the 2010 season, Gordy appeared in two games. Throughout six-year career, Gordy played in 59 games, making a pair of starts with the Indianpolis Colts, and made 99 combined tackles and a sack. He also had five interceptions with three coming with the St. Louis Rams in 2011.
In his four years at CMU, Gordy appeared in 47 games and finished his career with 212 tackles and 10 interceptions.
Cullen Jenkins, CMU defensive lineman 1999-2002, Super Bowl XLV with Green Bay Packers
Jenkins was an undrafted free agent pick up by the Green Bay Packers in 2003. Jenkins played a rotational role along the Packers’ defensive line.
He played in 11 games, making eight starts, in 2010 with Green Bay. Jenkins made 18 combined tackles and had seven sacks.
During his 13-season career, Jenkins played for the Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Washington Redskins. He made 348 tackles, 49 sacks, 20 pass deflections and an interception in 2009 with the Packers.
Frank Zombo, CMU defensive end 2006-2009, Super Bowl XLV with Green Bay Packers
Zombo helped the Packers by making 38 total tackles in 13 games, with eight starts.
After playing at CMU, Zombo went undrafted in 2010. Zombo made some noise during the 2011 Super Bowl, recording five tackles and one sack.
In his career, which spanned nine seasons, Zombo played for the Packers for three years and the Chiefs for six. He made 196 total tackles and 12.5 sacks and had an interception.
While at CMU, Zombo totaled 181 tackles, 25.5 sacks and two interceptions in 55 games with the Chippewas.
Eric Fisher, CMU offensive lineman 2009-2012, Super Bowl LIV with Kansas City Chiefs
In his seven-year career with the Chiefs, Fisher has earned his way to the Pro Bowl and the 2020 Super Bowl.
With Kansas City, Fisher has played in 102 games, 98 of them starts, and has played 6,113 snaps from scrimmage.
During the 2019 season, Fisher suffered a groin injury and needed core muscle surgery. He returned in November to help the team down the stretch.
Through his four years at CMU, Fisher played in 43 games on the Chippewa offensive line.