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Broken Arrow's Alvin Bailey reaches Super Bowl with Seattle

Former Arkansas standout left school a year early, and is having the time of his life with the Seahawks
by Berry Tramel Published: January 28, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. — All football fans remember the “Monday Night Football” game that basically ended the officiating labor dispute.

The Seahawks beat the Packers after makeshift officials ruled a touchdown catch by Golden Tate.

Alvin Bailey remembers that game, too. But not for that reason. That game made him want to be a Seahawk.

“I loved the way those guys played, the enthusiasm, the passion they play with,” said Bailey, a 2009 Broken Arrow High School graduate.

So when Bailey left the University of Arkansas a year early, declared for the 2013 NFL Draft and went unchosen, disappointment soon gave way to glee. The Seahawks called, offering a free-agent contract.

And 10 days ago, Bailey was on the field, delivering the key block as Marshawn Lynch rambled 40 yards for a touchdown that helped put Seattle in the Super Bowl.

“I'm having the time of a lifetime,” said Bailey, who serves as the virtual sixth man on the Seahawks' offensive line.

He's made no starts. But Bailey played about a dozen snaps in the NFC Championship Game as an extra lineman. And he cleared out 49er safety Donte Whitner, allowing Lynch to score and put the Seahawks in control.

Bailey said leaving Arkansas wasn't just a good decision, “it was a great decision.

“I thought I was going to get drafted. Things didn't work out that way. But I made it to the Seahawks, we're in the Super Bowl now. I don't regret anything.

“I've got full confidence in my ability. I know I can play. I had a lot of teams call me, wanting me to come as a free agent. But I chose the Seahawks and everything worked out so far.”

Bailey was on the 2008 Oklahoman all-state team, with the likes of Gabe Ikard, Tracy Moore, Gabe Lynn, Ronnell Lewis, Brandon Webb, Javon Harris and Donte Foster.

Lewis already has been in, and now out, of the NFL. Others are headed for the pros. But only Bailey and his Seahawk teammate, Michael Bowie, have been on the NFL fast track from that stellar class. They're both in the Super Bowl as rookies.

Certainly gives Bailey the chance to gloat. A kid from Broken Arrow might like to lord over old foes from Jenks and Tulsa Union, which have dominated Oklahoma Class 6A since long before and still after Bailey's school days.

But no. “I really haven't thought about that,” Bailey said. “I left a year early. All those guys are coming out this year. I'm friends with a lot of people from the town. I know basically everybody in Tulsa.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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