Twenty Orange Bowl veterans to meet in Super Bowl XLVIII

2011 Orange Bowl veteran Richard Sherman leads a physical Seattle defense
Miami Lakes, Fla. ( – Fifteen players whose collegiate teams participated in games hosted by the Orange Bowl will meet in East Rutherford, New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos on February 3, 2013. Additionally, six coaches with previous Orange Bowl experience will participate in Super Bowl XLVIII.
The NFC Champion Seahawks are led by head coach Pete Carroll, who guided the University of Southern California to a 38-17 victory over Iowa in the 2003 Orange Bowl and a 55-19 victory in the 2005 Orange Bowl. He was also a graduate assistant at Arkansas during the team’s 31-6 win over Oklahoma in the 1978 Orange Bowl. Carroll will become the fourth head coach, joining Jim Harbaugh, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, to coach in both the Orange Bowl and the Super Bowl. Harbaugh, coached Stanford to a 40-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl and lost to the Baltimore Ravens last season in Super Bowl XLVII 34-31. Johnson led the University of Miami to victories in the 1988 (over Switzer’s Sooners) and 1989 Orange Bowls and guided the Dallas Cowboys to wins in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII. Switzer coached the University of Oklahoma in an Orange Bowl record nine Classics, compiling a 6-3 record with the Sooners. Switzer later went on to lead the Dallas Cowboys to victory in Super Bowl XXX. Johnson and Switzer both won national championships in the Orange Bowl and then went on to lead teams to Super Bowl championships.
Eight Seattle players and five coaches have ties to the Orange Bowl during their colligate careers. Seattle’s Orange Bowl veterans include: Jesse Williams – Alabama (2013 National Championship), Bruce Irvin – West Virginia (2012), Doug Baldwin – Stanford (2011), Richard Sherman – Stanford (2011), Percy Harvin - Florida (2009 National Championship), Kam Chancellor – Virginia Tech (2009, 2008), Breno Giacomini - Louisville (2007), Michael Robinson – Penn State (2006). Williams is on injured reserve. Assistant Offensive Line Coach Pat Ruel was a graduate assistant at Arkansas with Coach Carroll on the 1978 Orange Bowl team. Rocky Seto was a graduate assistant under Carroll at USC for the 2003 Orange Bowl.  He along with Ken Norton Jr. and Carl Smith were also on Carroll’s USC coaching staff for 2005 Orange Bowl.
The AFC Champion Broncos have seven players with Orange Bowl ties. Denver’s Orange Bowl veterans include: Sione Fua – Stanford (2011), Vinston Painter – Virginia Tech (2011), Demaryius Thomas – Georgia Tech (2010), Chris Harris – Kansas (2008), Steve Vallos – Wake Forest (2007), Tony Carter – Florida State (2006), Peyton Manning – Tennessee (1998)
Orange Bowl veterans have earned Super Bowl Most Valuable Player honors 10 times, including Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLI. Manning could become only the second Orange Bowl veteran to win multiple Super Bowl MVPs, joining Tom Brady (Michigan 2000) who was named MVP of Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII.
Note: USC’s participation in the 2005 Orange Bowl was later vacated by the NCAA.

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