David Cloninger

Gamecocks in the NFL: Super Bowl edition

Darian Stewart breaks up a pass during the Super Bowl.
Darian Stewart breaks up a pass during the Super Bowl. AP

Catching up with USC’s NFL alumni

PLAYOFFS

Damiere Byrd, WR, Carolina

On practice squad. Did not play this season.

Darian Stewart, S, Denver

Had three tackles, one sack, two defended passes, one quarterback hurry and a forced fumble in a 24-10 Super Bowl win over Carolina. Had 63 tackles, 10 defended passes, one interception and one forced fumble in 15 games for the season. 

SEASON OVER

Antonio Allen, S, New York Jets

Did not play this season after tearing his Achilles.

Busta Anderson, TE, San Francisco

Did not play this season after being put on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.

Jasper Brinkley, LB, New York Giants

Had 67 tackles, one sack and four forced fumbles in 15 games for the season. 

A.J. Cann, OL, Jacksonville

Started 13 of 14 games for the season. 

Jadeveon Clowney, LB, Houston

Had 40 tackles, 4.5 sacks, six defended passes and one forced fumble in 13 games for the season. 

Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis

Had 39 catches for 481 yards in 16 games for the season. 

Chris Culliver, CB, Washington

Had 16 tackles and one defended pass in six games for the season.

Justice Cunningham, TE, St. Louis

On practice squad. Had no statistics in two games for the season.

Mike Davis, RB, San Francisco

Had 35 carries for 58 yards and seven catches for 38 yards in six games for the season. 

Patrick DiMarco, FB, Atlanta

Had one carry for zero yards and 12 catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games for the season. 

Bruce Ellington, WR/KR, San Francisco

Had one carry for 7 yards, 13 catches for 153 yards, 26 kickoff returns for 665 yards and 19 punt returns for 137 yards in 13 games for the season. 

Clifton Geathers, DE, Pittsburgh

Did not play this season after being put on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.

Stephon Gilmore, CB, Buffalo

Had 36 tackles, 18 defended passes and three interceptions in 12 games for the season. 

Melvin Ingram, LB, San Diego

Had 65 tackles, 10.5 sacks, six defended passes and three forced fumbles in 16 games for the season. 

Lemuel Jeanpierre, OL, Seattle

Played in 10 games for the season. 

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago

Had 54 catches for 807 yards and four touchdowns in nine games for the season. 

T.J. Johnson, OL, Cincinnati

Played in 12 games for the season. 

Johnathan Joseph, CB, Houston

Had 58 tackles, 22 defended passes, one interception and one forced fumble in 16 games for the season. 

Spencer Lanning, P

Had three punts for an average of 45.3 yards in one game for the season.

Jamon Meredith, OL, Tennessee

Started three of 13 games for the season. 

Captain Munnerlyn, CB, Minnesota

Had 55 tackles, four defended passes, one sack, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one touchdown in 16 games for the season. 

Ronald Patrick, OL, Cleveland

On practice squad. Did not play this season.

Kelcy Quarles, DT, Indianapolis

Did not play this season.

Corey Robinson, OL, Detroit

Played in one game for the season. 

Connor Shaw, QB, Cleveland

Did not play this season after tearing ligaments in his right thumb. 

Ryan Succop, PK, Tennessee

Was 14-for-16 on field goals, 29-for-31 on PATs and had an average of 64.7 yards on 66 kickoffs in 16 games for the season. 

D.J. Swearinger, S, Arizona

Had 19 tackles, one defended pass and one forced fumble in four games for the season. 

Devin Taylor, DE, Detroit

Had 35 tackles, seven sacks, one defended pass and one forced fumble in 15 games for the season. 

Dylan Thompson, QB, San Francisco

Did not play this season. 

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SUPER BOWL GAMECOCKS

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)

Darian Stewart (Denver, 2016)

Rod Wilson (Chicago, 2007)

Anthony Wright (New York Giants, 2008)

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