Despite the fact that Super Bowl XLVIII is being played in New Jersey, with one team from the Pacific north-west, and the other from the Rocky Mountain region, there are a few faces representing the Palmetto State.
Sidney Rice, a former Gamecock and South Carolina native, signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2011 at wide receiver. However, Rice will not play in this years Super Bowl due to a season-ending ACL injury suffered in Week 3. During his time at South Carolina, Rice set a school record as the only player to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in two seasons. Rice was a first team All-SEC Honoree during his sophomore season.
Charleston native Byron Maxwell is a former Clemson Tiger, and is in his third season with Seattle at cornerback. Maxwell recorded 165 career tackle and six career forced fumbles during his time as a Tiger. Maxwell attended Fort Dorchester high school in north Charleston.
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, a native of Hartsville South Carolina, attended W.J. Keenan High in Columbia, where he earned All-State honors with almost 100 tackles and 15 sacks during his senior year.
Former Gamecock Lemuel Jeanpierre signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 at the guard position. Jeanpierre played in 36 games for the Gamecocks, making 21 career starts.
Rookie defensive back and former Gamecock Akeem Auguste is also a current member of Seattle's practice squad.