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Super Bowl XLVII: 47 people who will impact Super Bowl 47

From the Harbaughs and Colin Kaepernick to Kate Upton and Danica Patrick, Berry Tramel ranks 47 people who will impact the 2013 Super Bowl between the Ravens and the 49ers.
by Berry Tramel Published: February 3, 2013
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23. Terrell Suggs: The Raven end was the 2011 NFL defensive player of the year. But he suffered a torn Achilles tendon and underwent surgery in May — then returned in October, five months later. Ray Lewis isn't the only inspirational Raven.

24. Jed York: The 49ers' CEO is the son of Denise DeBartolo York, whose brother, Eddie Jr., ran the 49ers during their glory years. Eddie Jr. ran afoul of the law and had to relinquish power. Jed's father, Muskogee native John York, ran the Niners from 2003-08, to little critical acclaim.

25. Anquan Bolden: The Raven receiver was in the Super Bowl with the Cardinals four years ago — and had eight catches for 84 yards.

26. Michael Crabtree: The Texas Tech star is becoming Kaepernick's go-to receiver, with 15 catches for 176 yards and two TDs in two playoff games.

27. Jack Harbaugh: The father of the Super Bowl head coaches spent five years as head coach at Western Michigan and 14 years as head coach at Western Kentucky. But Harbaugh was most shaped by Bo Schembechler, for whom he coached seven seasons in the '70s at Michigan. Jim Harbaugh, who quarterbacked Michigan, has a lot of traits of Schembechler.

28. David Akers: The 38-year-old 49er kicker has been consistently excellent his entire career. Until now. Akers has made just 30 of 44 field goals this season. He was first-team All-NFL last season.

29. Phil Simms: The CBS analyst is not as insightful as Troy Aikman or Cris Collinsworth, but at least Simms has something of relevance to talk about. Just like the 49ers' Alex Smith, Simms lost his QB job (to injury) in midseason and his team (the 1990 Giants) went on to a Super Bowl.

30. Matt Birk: The Ravens center, a 15-year pro, has a Harvard degree in Economics.

31. Alicia Keys: The national anthem singer will try to avoid the unfortunate fate of Christina Aguilera, who two years ago screwed up the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

32. Vernon Davis: The 49er tight end caught seven passes in seven games since Nov. 20. Then he caught five passes for 106 yards and a TD in the NFC title game.

33. Joanie Harbaugh Crean: What a weekend for the wife of Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean. On Saturday night, her husband coaches against Michigan in a No. 1 vs. No. 3 showdown. Then Sunday night, her brothers combat in a Super Bowl.

34. Art Modell: The Ravens wear an “ART” patch on their uniforms in honor of the man who owned the Browns/Ravens franchise from 1961-2004. Modell died last September.

35. LaMichael James: The rookie from Oregon has supplanted the injured former Oklahoma State Cowboy Kendall Hunter as Gore's backup. James rushed for just 125 yards during the regular season but has 55 yards on just eight carries in the playoffs.

36. Danica Patrick: The race-car driver already has appeared in 10 Super Bowl commercials, more than any celebrity, and she'll be in two more this year for Go Daddy.

37. Ray Rice: The Raven tailback made the play of the year on Nov. 25, with his 4th-and-29 conversion off a short pass against the Chargers. Rice broke multiple tackles, setting up a game-tying field goal, and Baltimore won in overtime.

38. Alex Smith: Since New Year's Day 2011, Smith is 21-6-1 as the 49er quarterback. But he lost his job in November and now has the bittersweet experience of reaching a Super Bowl in which he likely won't play.

39. Ozzie Newsome: Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1978, Newsome 35 years later remains with the franchise that became the Ravens. He was a 13-year tight end who became a Hall of Famer, then joined the front office. In 2002, Newsome became general manager and has consistently produced one of the best rosters in the NFL.

40. Carlos Rogers: The 2004 Thorpe Award winner, out of Auburn, is in his second season as a 49er starting cornerback.

41. Jay Harbaugh: A recent Oregon State grad is the son of Jim but works for John, doing video and weight-room tasks.

42. Haloti Ngata: The Raven defensive tackle — of Tongan descent and Mormon faith and California born — is one of the NFL's most dominant defenders when healthy. And the 330-pounder has gotten healthy down the stretch of this season.

43. Dan Marino: One of the pillars of CBS' studio panel for pregame and postgame gets to talk about the Super Bowl under embarrassing circumstances. The New York Post reported a few days ago that Marino fathered a child with a former “NFL Today” production assistant.

 

44. Archie Manning: Mr. New Orleans, as longtime Saint quarterback and civic leader. A brother Super Bowl comes to his city, but it's not his quarterback boys, Peyton and Eli.

45. Gerry Sandusky: The Raven radio voice, the son of former Baltimore Colts coach/player John Sandusky, is the loser of the same-name-game. At least his first name isn't spelled with a J.

46. Beyoncé: She lip-synced at the Obama inauguration. Super Bowl organizers say she will sing live during halftime. Trust at your own risk.

47. Bernard Pollard: The Raven safety has been a Patriot headhunter over the years. Pollard's hits, or impending hit, led to major injuries to Tom Brady, Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski, and his hit on Stevan Ridley knocked the New England tailback out of the AFC title game.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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