Five former Miami Hurricanes will play in Super Bowl XLVII featuring the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans on Sunday.
Ed Reed is one of the greatest Hurricanes of all-time.
Baltimore’s Ray Lewis (1993-95), Ed Reed (1998-2001), and Bryant McKinnie (1999-2001) as well as San Francisco’s Frank Gore (2001-04) and Tavares Gooden (2003-07) all played at Miami.
Two other former Hurricanes--Damien Berry (2007-2010) and Tommy Streeter (2008-11)--are on injured reserve for Baltimore.
Lewis, who is one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history and a 13-time Pro Bowler, is looking for his second Super Bowl championship after leading the Ravens to a title in 2000 as he was named the game’s MVP.
The Ravens all-time great middle linebacker will be playing in his final game after amassing over 2,000 tackles in his career. While at Miami, Lewis was a two-time first-team All-American and was a runner-up for the Butkus Award.
Baltimore went 10-6 in the regular season and have beaten Indianapolis, Denver, and New England in the playoffs.
Reed returns to his hometown to play in his first Super Bowl after being drafted by the Ravens two years after their championship. Reed, a nine-time Pro Bowl safety, ranks 10th on the NFL’s all-time interception list with 61 and has scored 13 touchdowns on returns.
McKinnie, the Ravens’ starting left tackle, has played two seasons with Lewis and Reed in Baltimore as he was re-united with Reed as the two were at UM together for three seasons winning a national championship in 2001. Last year, McKinnie and Reed were both inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.
San Francisco went 11-4-1 in the regular season and have beaten Green Bay and Atlanta in the playoffs.
Gore will look to help lead the 49ers offense against Lewis and Reed’s defense. Gore finished 10th in the NFL with 1,214 rushing yards, which is the second-most for him in his career and the most since rushing for 1,695 in 2006. He has rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns in the two playoff games this season.
Gore has played all eight seasons with the 49ers rushing for 8,839 yards and scoring a total of 61 touchdowns. While at UM, Gore rushed for 1,975 yards, which ranks seventh on the school’s all-time list.
Gooden played three seasons in Baltimore after the Ravens drafted him in 2008. He is in his second year with the 49ers and is a back-up middle linebacker, who recorded nine tackles in 15 regular season games this season.
All three former Hurricanes currently with the Ravens were first-round draft picks with Lewis selected 26th in 1995, Reed went 24th in 2002, and Minnesota took McKinnie 7th in 2002. Gore was a third-round pick in 2005 and Gooden was a third-round pick.