Super Bowl Champions Have Palmetto State Connections

1:39 PM, Feb 3, 2014   |    comments
  • Former Keenan standout Tony McDaniel celebrates after Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos (Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)
  • Former Clemson cornerback Byron Maxwell celebrates during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII (Jim O'Connor, USA TODAY Sports)
  • Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka is congratulated by former USC center Lemuel Jeanpierre (61) after a field goal against the Broncos in the first quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII (Joe Camporeale USA TODAY Sports)
  • Denver quarterback Peyton Manning throws a pass against Seattle defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (99) during the first half in Super Bowl XLVIII (Adam Hunger, USA TODAY Sports)
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(WLTX) --- It's more than 2,800 miles from Columbia to Seattle but several players with Midlands ties are a part of Seattle's championship team.

Before he starred at Tennessee, Hartsville native Tony McDaniel moved to Columbia and went on to make a bunch of stops for the Keenan Raiders. In his eighth year in the league, the Seattle defensive lineman McDaniel registered one tackle against the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Also getting his name in the boxscore with one tackle for the Seahawks was linebacker O'Brien Schofield, a Camden native who played collegiately at Wisconsin. Schofield's father was in the military and played his high school football in the Chicago area. However, he does make frequent trips to Camden as he is still has family in Kershaw County.

He didn't play high school football in the Midlands but Lemuel Jeanpierre spent four years at USC. The fourth-year center was on the field late in the game after an injury took out Seattle's starting center.

There is a Clemson connection on the Seahawk roster as Charleston native Byron Maxwell registered four tackles as the Seahawks kept Denver's high-powered offense in check. He also forced a fumble.

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