FAYETTEVILLE - When Super Bowl XLVIII kicks off Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on FOX, it will feature three former Razorbacks on the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks. Offensive tackle Alvin Bailey, quarterback Tavaris Jackson and head coach Pete Carroll all spent part of their careers before professional football in Fayetteville.
Bailey appeared in 14 games during the regular season and has played in both playoff games of his rookie year. He started all 38 games of his career at Arkansas from 2010-12 and blocked for three straight seasons with a 3,000-yard passer. He was named a Freshman All-American in 2010 and followed that with an All-American honor from Pro Football Weekly and second-team All-SEC acclaim from the Associated Press and conference's coaches in 2011.
Jackson played in three games during the 2013 regular season, serving as the Seahawks' backup to Russell Wilson, and is 10-of-13 passing for 151 yards and one touchdown. Jackson played at Arkansas in 2001 and 2002 before finishing his career at Alabama State. He was drafted by Minnesota in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft and is 635-of-1,066 passing for 7,226 yards and 39 touchdowns with 644 rushing yards in his eight-year NFL career.
Carroll is in his fourth season as head coach of the Seahawks and is looking to become the third head coach to earn a collegiate national title and Super Bowl victory, joining former Razorbacks Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer. Carroll was a graduate assistant on Arkansas' 1977 coaching staff, helping the Razorbacks to an 11-1 season capped with a 31-6 defeat of No. 2 Oklahoma in the 1978 Orange Bowl. That win vaulted Arkansas to a No. 3 ranking in the final AP poll.
The Razorbacks have been represented in six straight Super Bowls and, if the Seahawks win, will have a winner for the fifth straight year. Arkansas now has 34 former student-athletes or coaches who have been affiliated with a Super Bowl team.
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FORMER RAZORBACKS IN THE SUPER BOWL
|PLAYER||TEAM||SUPER BOWL (OPPONENT)|
|Lance Alworth, WR||Dallas||VI (Miami)|
|Steve Atwater, S||Denver||XXIV (S.F.), XXXII (G.B.), XXXIII (Atlanta)|
|Alvin Bailey, OT||Seattle||XLVIII (Denver)|
|Ravin Caldwell, LB||Washington||XXII (Denver), XXVI (Buffalo)|
|Mike Cherry, QB||N.Y. Giants||XXXV (Baltimore)|
|Steve Cox, P||Washington||XXII (Denver)|
|Henry Ford, DT/DE||Tennessee||XXIV (St. Louis)|
|Brett Goode, LS||Green Bay||XLV (Pittsburgh)|
|Ryan Hale, DT||N.Y. Giants||XXXV (Baltimore)|
|Dan Hampton, DE||Chicago||XX (New England)|
|Madre Hill, RB||Oakland||XXXVII (Tampa Bay)|
|Tavaris Jackson, QB||Seattle||XLVIII (Denver)|
|Raylee Johnson, DE||San Diego||XXIX (San Francisco)|
|Greg Lasker, S||N.Y. Giants||XXI (Denver)|
|Jim Lindsay, RB||Minnesota||IV (Kansas City)|
|Ryan Mallett, QB||New England||XLVI (N.Y. Giants)|
|Brison Manor, DE||Denver||XII (Dallas)|
|Mitch Petrus, OG||N.Y. Giants||XLVI (New England)|
|Dave Reavis, OT||Pittsburgh||IX (Minnesota), X (Dallas)|
|Billy Ray Smith, DT||Baltimore Colts||III (N.Y. Jets), V (Dallas)|
|R.C. Thielemann, OG||Washington||XXII (Denver)|
|Tony Ugoh||Indianapolis||XLIV (New Orleans)|
|N.Y. Giants||XLVI (New England)|
|Bobbie Williams||Baltimore||XLVII (San Francisco)|
|Dennis Winston, LB||Pittsburgh||XIII (Dallas), XIV (L.A. Rams)|
|COACH||TEAM||SUPER BOWL (OPPONENT)|
|Raymond Berry*||New England||XX (Chicago)|
|Don Breaux*||Washington||XVII (Miami), XVIII (L.A. Raiders), XXII (Denver), XXVI (Buffalo)|
|Pete Carroll*||Seattle||XLVIII (Denver)|
|Joe Gibbs*||Washington||XVII (Miami), XVIII (L.A. Raiders), XXII (Denver), XXVI (Buffalo)|
|Bill Johnson*||New Orleans||XLIV (Indianapolis)|
|Jimmy Johnson||Dallas||XXVII (Buffallo), XXVIII (Buffalo)|
|John Mitchell*||Pittsburgh||XXX (Dallas), XL (Seattle), XLIII (Arizona), XLV (G.B.)|
|Barry Switzer||Dallas||XXX (Pittsburgh)|
|Fred Von Appen*||San Francisco||XIX (Miami), XXIII (Cincinnati)|
|*Coached at Arkansas|
|OWNER||TEAM||SUPER BOWL (OPPONENT)|
|Jerry Jones||Dallas||XXVII (Buffalo), XXVIII (Buffalo), XXX (Pittsburgh)|