Beloit native Jim Caldwell is going for his second Super Bowl ring, and his first as a head coach.
Caldwell's Indianapolis Colts won the AFC title yesterday with a 30-to-17 home victory over the New York Jets. The 54-year-old Caldwell becomes the fifth rookie head coach to take a team to the Super Bowl, after he replaced the retiring Tony Dungy a year ago.
Caldwell is a Beloit Memorial High School grad who was part of a state basketball championship team with the Purple Knights back in 1973 and a part of a Big 8 football championship squad in 1972. A graduate of the University of Iowa, he's been a long-time assistant head coach in college and in the pros and was the head coach at Wake Forest University during the 1990s. He was an assistant head coach under Dungy when the Colts won their first Super Bowl to end the 2006 season.
The Jets were up by four at the break yesterday, but Indy shut them out in the second half with two touchdowns and a field goal. Peyton Manning threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns. Ex-Wisconsin safety Jim Leonhard of Tony recovered a fumble for the Jets, and he had four tackles on the day.