New Orleans, LA– With two of the biggest names in the NFL, Ole Miss was well-represented in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
After 65 total points, some electrifying big plays and a third-quarter power outage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, it was Michael Oher’s Baltimore Ravens that prevailed over Patrick Willis’ San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to claim football’s 47th world championship.
Oher, the former Rebel All-American whose path to stardom has been chronicled in the world-renowned book and feature film “The Blind Side,” was Baltimore’s starting right tackle in the Super Bowl victory.
Ole Miss was one of only four schools in the nation with position starters on both teams (also Maryland, Miami [Fla.] and Rutgers).
Despite the loss, Willis had another outstanding season leading San Francisco. The former Rebel All-American was named to his sixth straight Pro Bowl as an inside linebacker and is regarded as one of the premier defensive players in the game today.
Ole Miss has now had at least one player in three straight Super Bowls and 19 overall. Last year, Eli Manning won his second Super Bowl MVP for the New York Giants.
For the second straight year, a Rebel starred on all four teams in the championship round. In addition to Oher and Willis, Brandon Bolden suited up for the New England Patriots and Peria Jerry for the Atlanta Falcons.
Also winning a ring with the Ravens, Baltimore long-snapper and ECS grad Morgan Cox.