Super Bowl

Garner grad in Super spotlight

Posted January 31, 2013

— Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans marks a return to the big game for the San Francisco 49ers. It is their first chance at the championship since 1995, and the first for the one player on the roster with Triangle roots.

Garner's Chris Culliver is in his second season with the team, and he played a pivotal role in getting them there. The 24-year-old is just six years away from playing on Friday nights for Garner High School. He made 47 tackles with two interceptions and a forced fumble this season while starting six games for the NFC champion Niners (13-4-1).

"It's definitely a good feeling, the Super Bowl," Culliver said earlier this week.

"You watch that as a little kid, and you always know you want to make it to the Super Bowl. It's a dream come true."

Culliver's journey to this moment started on the Trojan practice field, learning the game from recently retired head coach Nelson Smith who played a huge part in in his development on and off the field.

"He meant a lot. I had anger issues. I had a lot of things going on, and he helped me control that and make me a better person," Culliver said.

The 49ers drafted him in the third round after a successful career at South Carolina and he proved his worth on one of the team's biggest plays of the season -- a key interception in the NFC title game win over Atlanta.

"Any time I'm on the field, I'm always trying to get better. I feel like I have enough talent," he said.

Now he's looking for the chance to bring a Super Bowl ring back to Garner. "The chance came earlier than later," Culliver said. "I'm just happy to be in this position."

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  • thechristinakimsucks Feb 3, 10:52 p.m.

    And that would be another Super Bowl ring with Richmond County roots running through it. Ravens 34 49ers 31 Congratulations Dannell Ellerbe!

  • kornfan2448 Feb 1, 11:02 a.m.

    Bet he wishes he wasn't in the spotlight now:) He's young and wasn't prepared to answer a... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    I commented on another story that the media days should just be done away with. The two main... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    So true, korn. I see you're a 49'ers fan. I don't have a real horse in this race (I'm a... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    Sure am. Growing up all my friends were either Steelers or Cowboys fans and I hated them both. "The Catch" made me a Niners fan as a yungun. It was easy in the 80's and early 90's to be a Niners fan, but I paid for it the last 15+ years...lol. Last year was especially tough, essentially being one special teams blunder away from making it. I agree that Jim is certainly more animated and "in your face" and that is exactly what San Fran needed. I tend to favor those coaching personalities, a la Fedora. I agree that it should be a great game. Both offenses have big play capabilities and both defenses are hard hitting. It's funny that John is the quieter of the two, yet the Ravens are known for their "chirping" and "trash talking", I think a lot of that is carry over from Billick. Part of me wants it to be a good, close game, but my nerves say I want SF to win in a blow out :-)

  • StunGunn Feb 1, 10:42 a.m.

    Bet he wishes he wasn't in the spotlight now:) He's young and wasn't prepared to answer a... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    I commented on another story that the media days should just be done away with. The two main... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    So true, korn. I see you're a 49'ers fan. I don't have a real horse in this race (I'm a Panthers fan), but I'm pulling for the Ravens partly because John seems to be the nicer Harbaugh. I think it will be the best SB we've seen in a while.

  • dave437 Feb 1, 9:21 a.m.

    nice little profile, glossing over the fact he's a complete bigot

  • kornfan2448 Feb 1, 8:57 a.m.

    Bet he wishes he wasn't in the spotlight now:) He's young and wasn't prepared to answer a... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    I commented on another story that the media days should just be done away with. The two main stories that have come out are this one and the Ray Lewis stories, both are negative. If you try, you can find some light-hearted and fun stories, but they're not getting the focus that these are. When someone speaks their opinion and it's not politically correct, they almost always end up apologizing. I DO NOT agree with what he said, but he gave his opinion and that's his right, as he did not threaten anyone. As for the Lewis situation, why bring it to the forefront a few days before the Super Bowl? If it's such a big issue, it should have been addressed earlier and he should have been penalized IF he was found to be in violation of any kind. Then, to bring up the situation that happened some 13 years ago is just ridiculous. It is just as much the media's responsibility to report positive stories as it is negative stories, but it seems the negative ones are easier to push and get more of a response, sadly.

  • StunGunn Feb 1, 8:22 a.m.

    Bet he wishes he wasn't in the spotlight now:) He's young and wasn't prepared to answer a... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    Agreed! The sad part is that the players play along & attempt to answer some of their stupid... View More

    — Posted by BattlingBishop 5

    Thanks, BB5!

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Feb 1, 8:04 a.m.

    So now he has channeled his anger issues into hating homosexuals.......
    But, you know.....he didn't mean to offend anyone.....

  • BattlingBishop 5 Feb 1, 7:10 a.m.

    Bet he wishes he wasn't in the spotlight now:) He's young and wasn't prepared to answer a... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    Agreed! The sad part is that the players play along & attempt to answer some of their stupid questions. Happy Birthday!

  • BattlingBishop 5 Feb 1, 7:09 a.m.

    I was on the coaching staff with Chris. He didn't even play organized football until one of the... View More

    — Posted by 82ndAAHeel

    Good stuff, 82nd...would be pulling for the Ravens as well if not for Captain Drama.

  • 82ndAAHeel Feb 1, 6:56 a.m.

    I was on the coaching staff with Chris. He didn't even play organized football until one of the coaches drove him for drivers ed in the summer and suggested he try out. Chris was a pain in the @##, but he worked hard. He was in the weight room year round. No he is not dumb. He may not be eloquent but he made decent grades in high school. Compared to most professional athletes, he was a rhodes scholar in high school. By the way the last time Richmond and Garner played was a garner loss in the state championship in 98' and Garner defeated Richmond on the way to the state title in 87'.

    I was wondering why it took so long for WRAL to spotlight Chris. I still would rather see the Ravens win.

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