The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will meet in the Super Bowl a week from Sunday. On the rosters of those teams are nearly two dozen players from teams represented in the conference – 12 from the 49ers and 11 from the Ravens.Even after backing out three players from Missouri and Texas A&M (who played their college ball in the Big 12) – that still leaves 20 guys with SEC roots.
Here’s the entire breakdown:
Carlos Rogers – Auburn
Ray McDonald – Florida
Demarcus Dobbs – Georgia (reserve/injured)
Ricky Jean-Francois – LSU
Curtis Tayler – LSU (practice squad)
Anthony Dixon – Mississippi State
Aldon Smith – Missouri
Justin Smith – Missouri
Patrick Willis – Ole Miss
Chris Culver-South Carolina
Parys Haralson – Tennessee
Tony Jerod-Eddie – Texas A&M
Terrance Cody – Alabama
Courtney Upshaw – Alabama
Bobbie Williams – Arkansas
Josh Bynes – Auburn
Deonte Thompson – Florida
Dannell Ellerbe – Georgia
DeAngelo Tyson – Georgia
Pernell McPhee – Mississippi State
Michael Oher – Ole Miss
Emanuel Cook – South Carolina (reserve/injured)
Morgan Cox – Tennessee
The two Mississippi State players represented here – Anthony Dixon of the 49ers and Pernell McPhee of the Ravens – are featured in a new billboard campaign across Mississippi. MSU announced the billboards (click the icon up top for a larger version)are launching in Tupelo, Jackson and Columbus.
One year ago, Ole Miss did a billboard campaign before the Super Bowl featuring Eli Manning of the Giants and BenJarvis Green-Ellis of the Patriots. This year, Ole Miss has Michael Oher of the Ravens battling Patrick Willis of the Niners. The lineman and linebacker will no doubt be staring each other down at some point during the game - maybe a little like this.
With two former Auburn players headed to the Super Bowl - San Francisco cornerback Carlos Rogers and Baltimore linebacker Josh Bynes – this makes the 29th time out of 47 Super Bowls a former Tiger has made it to the championship game.
Former Georgia Bulldog and current Baltimore Raven Dannell Ellerbe got a shoutout on Twitter last night from Mark Richt after intercepting a Tom Brady pass in the fourth quarter.