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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Forty-seven people who will impact Super Bowl 47:

1. Jim Harbaugh: In 1996, the now-49er coach was the Colts' quarterback and the victim of Ray Lewis' first NFL sack.

2. John Harbaugh: In 1996, the now-Raven coach was on the University of Cincinnati staff. Cincy's defensive coordinator was Rex Ryan.

3. Colin Kaepernick: Here's why the 49er quarterback is a transcendent QB. He's running an offense, the Pistol, that was invented for him at the University of Nevada. How many quarterbacks can say that?

4. Ray Lewis: From his retirement after 17 seasons to accusations of using banned substances to his first-degree murder charge stemming from a killing during Super Bowl week 13 years ago in Atlanta, Lewis always is at the center of the storm.

5. Joe Flacco: The Raven quarterback has eight TD passes these playoffs with no interceptions. No quarterback has played four playoff games in a season without throwing an interception. If Flacco makes it, the Ravens will win.

6. Randy Moss: The 49er enigma says he's the greatest receiver of all time. Moss is not, but he could have been had he not squandered his prime with immature behavior.

7. Justin Tucker: The rookie Ravens kicker has made 32 of 35 field-goal attempts, but he almost was that good at the University of Texas, where he made 40 of 48.

8. Kate Upton: The hot model of 2012 is hot again in two Mercedes commercials that figure to draw rave reviews.

9. Ed Reed: It is not certain that Ray Lewis is the greatest Raven defender of them all. In 11 seasons with Baltimore, Reed has established himself as one of the NFL's greatest free safeties ever.

10. Jerome Boger: The referee for the game has drawn criticism. NBC analyst Jim Daopoulos, a former NFL official, says the league is striking back at officials who were outspoken during the lockout earlier this season. But Fox analyst Mike Pereria says critics are angry at the NFL.

11. Frank Gore: One of the NFL's most underrated tailbacks. The 49er has rushed for 8,839 yards in eight seasons, plus 209 yards in two games in these playoffs.

12. Roger Goodell: The NFL commissioner is persona non grata in New Orleans, where he suspended a variety of Saints personnel over the bounty scandal. But at least Goodell reinstated coach Sean Payton last week, relieving some of the vitriol.

13. Chris Culliver: The 49er backup cornerback created a stir this week when he said he wouldn't want homosexuals on the 49er roster. He forgot for what city he represents.

14. Steve Bisciotti: The Ravens' majority owner came from a working-class family. He was eight when his dad died of leukemia. Bisciotti at 23, with a cousin, started a staffing company out of a basement. That company grew into one of the world's largest staffing firms. He bought 49 percent of the Ravens in 1999, at age 39, and now owns a majority of the franchise.

 

15. Torrey Smith: The Raven deep threat, who at the age of four was looking after his younger siblings, rose to fame when he scored two touchdowns against the Patriots a day after his brother died. Smith also had two TD catches in the AFC semifinals against Denver.

16. Jim Nantz: The CBS play-by-play voice will call his third Super Bowl, to go with his 24 Masters and 22 Final Fours.

17. Michael Oher: Few players reach a Super Bowl having already had a movie made about their life. But the Raven right tackle's story was told in “The Blind Side.”

18. Patrick Willis: Before he became one of the NFL's best linebackers for the 49ers, Willis was an Ole Miss teammate of Oher's — and had his own Blind Side story. Willis at 16 moved in with a white family when his home life deteriorated.

19. Jackie Harbaugh: The mother of the Super Bowl head coaches moved her family 17 times in her husband's 43-year coaching career.

20. Aldon Smith: The 49er defensive end out of Missouri has 33 1/2 sacks in two NFL seasons. But he hasn't had a sack since Week 13.

21. Justin Smith: Another Missouri mainstay on the 49er defensive line, this Smith is a long-timer. He finished up at Mizzou in 2000, which means he didn't even play for 13-year Tiger coach Gary Pinkel.

22. O.J. Brigance: A special teamer for the Ravens when they made the Super Bowl 12 years ago, Brigance joined Baltimore's front office in 2004. In 2007, Brigance was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig disease) and now is the Ravens' senior adviser to player development and an inspiration to the team. He presented, communicating through a high-tech computer device, the AFC championship trophy to Bisciotti.


by Berry Tramel
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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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