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Monday, February 2, 2009
Clemson Super Bowl notes

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

There were 22 former ACC players represented in Sunday's Super Bowl between Arizona and Pittsburgh, and Clemson today issued a release with a few notes about former defensive tackle Nick Eason, who was a reserve tackle in the Steelers' 27-23 win.

(Not every school with Super Bowl ties is going to put out a release on it, but if they do, I'll make note of it).

Here are a few snippets from Clemson on Eason, who was a starting defensive tackle at Clemson from 1999-02, and the program's tie to the Super Bowl:

Eason was a first-team All-ACC player for the Tigers in 2002 when he had 62 tackles and seven sacks. He graduated in three years and played his final two seasons as a graduate student. For his career he had 153 tackles. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of Clemson's 2000 season defense.

Eason is the 21st different Clemson player to win a Super Bowl championship ring, the first since Chris Gardocki was the starting punter for the world champion Steelers of 2005. Eason is actually the fourth different former Tiger to win a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers. In addition to Gardocki, Bennie Cunningham was a member of the Steeler championship teams of 1977 and 1978 and John McMaken was a member of the 1974 Steelers team that won a Super Bowl Championship.

In all, 21 players from Clemson have collected a total of 29 Super Bowl rings.