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Local Super Bowl ties

Posted January 31

North Carolina and NC State both have several players representing their universities in Super Bowl XLVIII. As the Seahawks and Broncos face-off Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on FOX50, check out these local players.

Denver Broncos

  • Nate Irving (LB, NC State) Irving was selected 3rd in the 3rd round, 67th overall, by the Denver Broncos in the 2011 NFL Draft. Irving officially signed with the Broncos on Friday, July 29, 2011. The linebacker played at NC State in 2007, '08 and '10. Missing the 2009 season after suffering a separated shoulder, a collapsed lung, cracked ribs and a compound fracture in his left leg during a car accident on June 28, 2009. During his time with the Wolfpack, Irving earned the NCAA FBS record for tackles for loss in a single game with eight. Irving has 41 tackles and one sack for the Broncos this season.
  • Sylvester Williams (DT, UNC) Williams enrolled at Carolina in January, 2011, after two seasons at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. As a junior in 2011, he had 43 tackles and 2.5 sacks, Williams earned first team All-ACC honors as a senior. The Denver Broncos selected Williams in the first round of the 2013 draft, 28th overall. Williams has notched 19 tackles and two sacks for Denver this season.

Seattle Seahawks

  • J.R. Sweezy (OG, NC State) Sweezy was selected in the seventh round, 225th overall, by the Seahawks in the 2012 NFL Draft. Sweezy played 35 games with 20 starts along the defensive line at NC State. Posted 86 tackles (65 solo), 22 tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks, 33 quarterback pressures, three passes defended, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries for the Wolfpack. The Seahawks moved Sweezy to the offensive guard position after he was drafted. Sweezy has started in every Seahawks game this season.
  • Steven Hauschka (K, NC State) Hauschka was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2008. The place kicker spent time with the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives and tthe Denver Broncos before claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks on September 4, 2011. Hauschka has made 33 field goals on 35 attempts this season. The kicker only spent one year with NC State as a graduate student after earning his degree from Middlebury College in Neuroscience in 2007. In his one season with the Pack went a perfect 25 for 25 on extra points and 16 for 18 on field goals. 
  • Russell Wilson (QB, NC State) Wilson spent three years with the Wolfpack (2007-10), where he played football and baseball, before transferring to Wisconsin to end his college career. In 2008, he was named the ACC Rookie of the Year in football and became the first freshman quarterback to receive first team All-ACC honors. Wilson was selected by the Seahawks with the 12th pick in the third round (75th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Wilson has 26 touchdowns on the 2013 season and has thrown for 3,357 yards.

Also of note, former Duke tight end Cooper Helfet is currently on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad. Helfet has spent two years with the team but has not had any game action. Former East Carolina defensive tackle Michael Brooks is in his rookie season with the Seahawks. Brooks is currently on the practice squad but has suited up in one game this season where he notched one tackle. 

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  • jmcdow2792 Feb 1, 5:44 a.m.

    I hope all the Wolfpack players do well. Pulling for Wilson and the Seahawks.

  • rudisill49 Feb 1, 6:51 a.m.

    And don't forget...Pete Carroll was once an assistant at NCS.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Feb 1, 9:46 a.m.

    Pretty good representation, especially considering the ACC isn't considered a football conference.

  • early exit Roy Feb 2, 10:18 p.m.

    North Carolina & NC State had "several" players in the Super Bowl. This is misleading. North Carolina has "only one" and NC State has four. One isn't several. The media is always trying to promote unc.

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
 
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
 
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
 
4th
BST 32
AKR 21
 
4th
GASTATE 31
GASO 62
 
4th
TOL 35
UMASS 35
 
4th
WMICH 42
OHIO 14
 
4th
COL 28
UCLA 31
 
4th
UMO 10
KSU 3
 
3rd
WAKE 0
BC 17
 
Half
BUF 7
CMICH 14
 
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MARS 14
FATL 16
 
Half
PITT 14
GT 28
 
Half
SMISS 7
LATU 3
 
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MSU 14
MICH 3
 
Half
KENT 10
MSST 17
 
Half
STAN 28
ORST 7
 
2nd
TCU 31
TTU 20
 
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OKST 10
WVU 14
 
2nd
WKENT 28
ODU 23
 
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UTST 17
UNLV 7
 
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MIZZ 10
VANDY 0
 
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UCF 7
TEMPL 0
 
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USC
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WASH
ARST
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BUF 0
 
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TOR
BOS
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NYI
DAL
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DET
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PIT
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WAS
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NCCU 42
SAVST 14