Kent State football program has deep Super Bowl connection

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The Kent State University football program will be represented in the Super Bowl by a former player or head coach for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons when the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens square off in Super Bowl XLVII tonight at the Superdome in New Orleans.

KSU's representative in Super Bowl XLVII is former Golden Flashes head coach Dean Pees, who serves as the Ravens' defensive coordinator.

Pees is making his third trip to football's most coveted game and his first Super Bowl appearance with the Ravens. He was with the Patriots as defensive coordinator in Super Bowl XLII and linebackers coach in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Pees was the Flashes' head coach from 1998-2003 and a mentor to current KSU head coach Paul Haynes, who was an assistant in 1999 and 2000 under Pees.

Last season, Julian Edelman became the third member of Kent State's 2006 squad to play in a Super Bowl. A quarterback at Kent State, Edelman successfully transitioned to receiver for the Patriots. Three years ago, Usama Young (Saints) and Danny Muir (Colts) played against each other in Super Bowl XLIV. The trio is among the 13 players from the 2006 Kent State roster that signed NFL contracts.

Other Kent State Super Bowl players

n Former NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison (Steelers) competed in Super Bowl XL, XLIII & XLV.

n Former punter Ken Walters (Patriots) competed in Super Bowl XXXVI & XXXVIII.

n Wide receiver Eugene Baker (Panthers) joined Walters in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

n Tackle Dan Goodspeed (Buccaneers) was on the winning side of Super Bowl XXXVII.

n Tight end Jason Gavada was a member of the Ravens' practice squad when they won Super Bowl XXXV.

n Tight end O.J. Santiago and offensive lineman Bob Hallen each played for the Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII.

n Cornerback Mike "Scooter" McGruder (Patriots) played in Super Bowl XXXI.

n Former MAC Defensive Player of the Year Jack Lambert, a former star at Crestwood High School, was a part of four Super Bowl wins with the Steelers.

n Running back Don Nottingham, a former standout at Ravenna High School, was on the winning side of Super Bowl VIII with the Dolphins.

Other Kent State Super Bowl coaches

n Former wide receivers coach Perry Fewell was the Giants' defensive coordinator in a victory last season.

n Former assistant coach Josh Boyer was the Patriots' defensive backs coach last season.

n Two years ago, former graduate assistant coach Dom Capers was on the winning side as the Packers' defensive coordinator.

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