Wednesday, January 23, 2013
ACC players in the Super Bowl
By Andrea Adelson
The ACC has the perfect marketing tool to use over the next two weeks: the Super Bowl.
Some of the best players on both the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens played at schools currently in the ACC.
Want a solid running back? How about Frank Gore.
Awesome receivers? How about Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith.
Great tight end? How about Vernon Davis.
Future Hall of Famers? How about Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.
Lewis and Reed did not technically play in the ACC, but they did play at Miami. And Miami does have the most representatives of any team in the country in the Super Bowl, with seven.
As for the league, a total of 19 players from current ACC schools are on the combined rosters, including active, injured reserve and practice squad. That ties the ACC for second with the Big Ten. The SEC leads the way with 23 representatives. Conference affiliation for the 2012 football season was used to compile this list, distributed by the ACC office.
San Francisco 49ers
- Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech
- Anquan Boldin, WR, Florida State
- Ray Lewis, LB, Miami
- Bryant McKinnie, T, Miami
- Ed Reed, S, Miami
- Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
- Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech
- Damien Berry, RB, Miami (injured reserve)
- Ricky Brown, LB, Boston College (injured reserve)
- Michael McAdoo, OLB, North Carolina (injured reserve)
- Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami (injured reserve)
- LaQuan Williams, WR, Maryland (injured reserve)
- Antoine McClain, G, Clemson (practice squad)
- Ahmad Brooks, LB, Virginia
- Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland
- Tavares Gooden, LB, Miami
- Frank Gore, RB, Miami
- Cam Johnson, LB, Virginia
- Joe Looney, G, Wake Forest
There are several coaching connections as well:
- Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell served as head coach at Wake Forest for eight seasons, from 1993-2000.
- Ravens assistant head coach and special-teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg coached the secondary at Boston College (1997-98)
- Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin served as defensive backs coach at Wake Forest from 1993-95
- Baltimore assistant offensive line coach Todd Washington lettered as an offensive linemen with Virginia Tech from 1995-97.
- 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio began his career as a graduate assistant at North Carolina (1983).
- San Francisco assistant strength and conditioning Coach Kevin Tolbert spent three years in strength and conditioning at Miami (1998-2000)
- 49ers director of football operations and sports medicine Jeff Ferguson is a native and graduate of Clemson, where he was a student athletic trainer from 1989-93.
And one more, just for fun:
- NC State men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried is a second cousin of both Super Bowl head coaches, John Harbaugh of the Ravens and Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers.