David Cloninger

February 2, 2014

Gamecocks in the NFL: Super Bowl edition

Catching up with USC’s NFL alumni

David Cloninger

All things Gamecocks, especially basketball and football

Catching up with USC’s NFL alumni


Akeem Auguste, CB, Seattle
On practice squad. Did not play this season. The Seahawks beat the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Lemuel Jeanpierre, C, Seattle
Played in a 43-8 Super Bowl win over Denver. Played in 19 games with three starts for the season.

Sidney Rice, WR, Seattle
On injured reserve with a torn ACL. Had 15 catches for 231 yards and three touchdowns for the season. The Seahawks beat the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.


John Abraham, LB, Arizona
Had 37 tackles, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three defended passes and a safety for the season.

Antonio Allen, FS, New York Jets
Had 61 tackles, one sack, seven defended passes, one interception, two touchdowns and two blocked punts for the season.

Jasper Brinkley, LB, Arizona
Had 27 tackles and one defended pass for the season.

Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis
Had 51 catches for 671 yards and five touchdowns for the season.

Chris Culliver, CB, San Francisco
Did not play this season after tearing his left ACL in the preseason.

Justice Cunningham, TE, St. Louis
On practice squad. Had one catch for 4 yards for the season.

Patrick DiMarco, FB, Atlanta
Had eight catches for 49 yards for the season.

Clifton Geathers, DT, Philadelphia
Had 13 tackles for the season.

Stephon Gilmore, CB, Buffalo
Had 35 tackles, 10 defended passes and two interceptions for the season.

Tori Gurley, WR, Cleveland
On practice squad. Had one catch for 15 yards for the season.

DeVonte Holloman, LB, Dallas
Had 26 tackles, two sacks and one recovered fumble for the season.

Melvin Ingram, LB, San Diego
Had 14 tackles, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble for the season.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago
Had 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns and 16 rushes for 105 yards for the season.

Byron Jerideau, DT, San Diego
On injured reserve. Did not play this season after tearing his rotator cuff in the preseason.

T.J. Johnson, C, Cincinnati
On practice squad. Did not play this season.

Johnathan Joseph, CB, Houston
Had 47 tackles, 16 defended passes and three interceptions for the season.

Spencer Lanning, P, Cleveland
Had an average of 43.8 yards on 84 punts, an average of 50.4 yards on eight kickoffs, was 1-for-1 on PATs, was 1-for-1 for 11 yards with one touchdown and two tackles for the season.

Marcus Lattimore, RB, San Francisco
Did not play this season while recovering from knee surgery.

Cliff Matthews, DE, Atlanta
Had 13 tackles for the season.

Jamon Meredith, OL, Tampa Bay
Played in 16 games with eight starts for the season.

Captain Munnerlyn, CB, Carolina
Had 77 tackles, three sacks, 12 defended passes, two interceptions, one forced fumble and two touchdowns for the season.

Travian Robertson, DT, Atlanta
Had two tackles for the season.

Dunta Robinson, CB, Kansas City
Had 14 tackles and four defended passes for the season.

Ace Sanders, WR, Jacksonville
Had 51 catches for 484 yards, two rushes for 4 yards, was 1-for-1 for 21 yards, had three kickoff returns for 75 yards, 25 punt returns for 140 yards, two touchdowns and one tackle for the season.

Darian Stewart, SS, St. Louis
Had 36 tackles, five defended passes and one forced fumble for the season.

Ryan Succop, PK, Kansas City
Was 25-for-31 on field goals, 57-for-57 on PATs, had an average of 65.9 yards on 100 kickoffs and one tackle for the season.

D.J. Swearinger, SS, Houston
Had 71 tackles, four defended passes, one interception, one forced fumble and one recovered blocked field goal for the season.

Devin Taylor, DE, Detroit
Had 14 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one defended pass and two forced fumbles for the season.

Rokevious Watkins, OL, Kansas City
Played in three games with one start for the season.

Travelle Wharton, OL, Carolina
Played in 17 games with 13 starts for the season.

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Gamecocks who have gone to professional football’s biggest game (bold means they were on the winning team, listed year is the date of the actual game). These are according to NFL historical rosters, which only lists a player if he got into at least one game during the season (practice squads weren’t taken into account).

Robert Brooks (Green Bay, 1997, 1998)
Sheldon Brown (Philadelphia, 2005)
Bobby Bryant (Minnesota, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1977)
Emanuel Cook (Baltimore, 2013)
Steve Courson (Pittsburgh, 1979, 1980)
Terry Cousin (Carolina, 2004)
Chris Culliver (San Francisco, 2013)
Brad Edwards (Washington, 1992)
Harold Green (Atlanta, 1999)
Ira Hillary (Cincinnati, 1989)
Lemuel Jeanpierre (Seattle, 2014)
Jamar Nesbit (New Orleans, 2010)
Chris Norman (Denver, 1987)
Dan Reeves (Dallas, 1971, 1972)
*Note: Reeves was also the head coach in four Super Bowls. He took Denver in 1987, 1988 and 1990 and Atlanta in 1999 but never won.
Sidney Rice (Seattle, 2014)
George Rogers (Washington, 1988)
Max Runager (Philadelphia, 1981; San Francisco, 1985)
Jay Saldi (Dallas, 1978, 1979)
Duce Staley (Pittsburgh, 2006)
Rod Wilson (Chicago, 2007)
Anthony Wright (New York Giants, 2008)

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