Super Bowl has a number of Philly links

ASSOCIATED PRESS Niners' Chris Culliver is a Philly native.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Niners' Chris Culliver is a Philly native.
Posted: January 29, 2013

THERE ARE numerous connections to the Philadelphia area between the two Super Bowl teams.

Baltimore's owner was born here, and its quarterback grew up in South Jersey. San Francisco's kicker is the Eagles all-time leading scorer and its defensive coordinator is one of the few people alive who can say he's won a pro football championship for a Philadelphia team.

With conglomerates the size of NFL organizations, it's impossible to list everyone with a tie to this area, but here are some notable ones among Sunday's Super Bowl participants:



Sean Considine, safety: A former fourth-round pick of the Eagles, who played here from 2005-08. Considine joined the Ravens in March after spending time with Jacksonville, Carolina and Arizona. He plays mostly on special teams.

Dennis Dixon, quarterback: Was the quarterback at the University of Oregon in 2007, Chip Kelly's first season there as offensive coordinator. Dixon is on the Ravens' practice squad. Tyrod Taylor is the backup QB.

Joe Flacco, quarterback: Played at Audubon (N.J.) High and the University of Delaware, and is the first area QB to play in the Supe since Rich Gannon took the Raiders following the 2002 season. Gannon also is a UD alum. Flacco has outdueled Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady to reach the Super Bowl. His 70-yard touchdown pass to force overtime in the divisional playoffs could be the throw of his life.

Gino Gradkowski, center/guard: Another Delaware product, Gradkowski was a Ravens' fourth-round pick this season. He started his college career at West Virginia, where the only game he played was in 2008 against Villanova. Gradkowski is a backup, who has been active all season.

Jameel McClain, linebacker: Played at George Washington High and Syracuse. McClain, in his fifth season, started the first 13 games before sustaining a season-ending neck injury.

Bernard Pierce, running back: A third-round pick out of Temple, Ravens coaches have shown confidence in Pierce as Ray Rice's backup. He had nine carries in the conference championship and is averaging more than six yards per attempt in the playoffs.

Justin Tucker, kicker: Was a high school teammate of Nick Foles. Not local, but not bad.

Alex Silvestro, tight end: Silvestro (Paulsboro/Rutgers) is on a Super Bowl team for the second consecutive year. He was a defensive end and the guy called up from New England's practice squad when the Patriots stunningly cut wide receiver Tiquan Underwood on the eve of last year's Supe. Silvestro is on Baltimore's practice squad.

Bobbie Williams, guard: A 13-year veteran, Williams was drafted by Andy Reid and the Eagles in the second round in 2000. He spent four seasons in Philadelphia before moving to Cincinnati. Williams signed with Baltimore last June and serves as a backup.


Teryl Austin, secondary: Started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Penn State in 1991 and 1992.

Juney Barnett, assistant strength & conditioning: Barnett, whose father served 28 years in the Air Force, was born in Philadelphia. He was a defensive back at Bloomsburg before going into coaching in 2001.

Randy Brown, kicking consultant: Was born in Marlton, N.J., and went to Cherokee High. He held a similar position with the Eagles in 2004-05 before joining Baltimore. Brown also serves as the mayor of Evesham Township.

John Harbaugh, head coach: Was an Eagles assistant from 1998-2007. He was the Birds' special teams coordinator up until his final year when Andy Reid moved him to D-backs coach. Harbaugh correctly figured that being a position coach would be better for his résumé than simply running special teams. A year later, he was the Ravens' head coach.

Chris Hewitt, special teams assistant: Spent 2005 training camp with the Eagles as part of the NFL's minority coaching prospects program.

Wilbert Montgomery, running backs coach: Played for the Eagles from 1977-84 and still holds the team record for rushing yards in a career (6,538) and in a season (1,512 in 1979). Montgomery's early 42-yard touchdown run was the key play in the Eagles win over the Cowboys in the 1980 NFC Championship Game.

Bob Rogucki, strength and conditioning: Was an assistant S&C coach for the Eagles from 2006-07.


Steve Bisciotti, Ravens owner: Bisciotti was born in Philadelphia in 1960 and moved to Baltimore less than a year later. He has been the Ravens owner for nearly 13 years. His last name is pronounced Bih-SHAH-tee.

Jim Caldwell, offensive coordinator: Was a Penn State assistant from 1986-92. The 1986 team was the last Lions group to win the national title.

Harry Swayne, director of player development: A Cardinal Dougherty graduate, Swayne won three Super Bowl rings as an offensive lineman (two with Denver, one with Baltimore).



David Akers, kicker: Was an Eagle from 1999-2010 and is the franchise's leader in points scored (1,323) and games played (188).

NaVorro Bowman, linebacker: Penn State product who was All-Pro for the second consecutive season.

Garrett Celek, tight end: The younger brother of Eagles starter Brent Celek, Garrett made the 49ers as an undrafted free agent. He plays behind Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker, and had just four catches during the regular season and none so far in the playoffs.

Chris Culliver, cornerback: A 2011 third-round pick out of South Carolina, Culliver was born in Philadelphia to military parents.

LaMichael James, running back: Diminutive backup to Frank Gore, James (5-9, 195) is a rookie who played at Oregon for Chip Kelly.

Nate Stupar, linebacker: A rookie out of Penn State who is on the practice squad.


Ed Donatell, secondary: Strongly rumored to become the Eagles defensive coordinator after the Super Bowl.

Vic Fangio, defensive coordinator: Has been in coaching for 34 years. One of his first jobs was as a defensive assistant for the Philadelphia Stars, which won the USFL championship in 1984.

Greg Jackson, assistant secondary: Played safety for 12 seasons, including 1995-96 with the Eagles.

Greg Roman, offensive coordinator: Was born in Ventnor, N.J., and went to Holy Spirit High. Roman was a finalist for the Penn State head coaching job last year and is a hot candidate to get an NFL head position some day soon.

Kevin Tolbert, asst. strength & conditioning: Was a volunteer strength coach with the Eagles in 1996 and 1997 before landing his first job at the University of Miami in 1998.


Tom Gamble, director of player personnel: Got his start working in the Eagles' front office from 1988-94. Gamble's father, Harry, coached at Penn and is a former Birds' president.

Bob Lange, director of public relations: Lange, a 1994 St. Joe's Prep grad, worked in the Eagles media relations department from 2001-09 and at Temple before then. He gained a brief measure of fame for jumping into the fray when 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Detroit coach Jim Schwartz engaged in a postgame scuffle last season.

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