Jan. 21, 2013
Four former Texas Longhorns will play for their respective teams in Super Bowl XLVII, the most of any Big 12 school.
Kicker Justin Tucker and cornerback Chykie Brown will play for the Baltimore Ravens of the AFC, while cornerback Tarell Brown and offensive lineman Leonard Davis will represent the NFC as members of the San Francisco 49ers. It is the first Super Bowl for any of the players.
The Super Bowl will be played on February 3 in the Superdome in New Orleans, LA., with kickoff set for 5:30 p.m. CT.
The four Longhorns on active Super Bowl rosters is tops among Big 12 programs and the second-most of any school. Miami and Oregon each have five players represented, while Ohio State and Marshall have four each. Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are tied for second-most in the Big 12 with two players each.
Tucker’s and Chykie Brown’s Ravens qualified by beating the New England Patriots, 28-13 in the AFC Championship game, while in the NFC Championship, Tarell Brown’s and Davis’ 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 28-24.
Tarell Brown (2003-06) played on the Longhorns 2005 National Championship team, while Davis (1997-2000) was a key member on Mack Brown’s first three teams at Texas when the Longhorns posted three straight seasons of nine wins or more which hadn’t been done since 1981-83. Tucker (2008-11) and Chykie (2007-10) Brown were teammates on the Texas team for three years, earning Big 12 Championships in 2008 and 2009, and playing in the 2009 National Championship game.
It marks the eighth straight year at least one former Longhorn has reached the Super Bowl. The last time Texas had four active players on Super Bowl rosters was in 2009. NT Casey Hampton, OT Tony Hills and WR Limas Sweed played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and C Lyle Sendlein played for the Arizona Cardinals in the Steelers 27-23 win in Super Bowl XLIII.
With this group, Texas now has 49 different players who have been members of 40 different Super Bowl teams.