It’s safe to say that most Texas Longhorns fans who are also fans of the NFL probably no longer have their favorite teams playing in this year’s Super Bowl. The Dallas Cowboys once again failed to even reach the post-season, while the Houston Texans fell short of making it to their first conference championship game. Nevertheless, four former Longhorns will be playing in Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, so Texas fans will have someone to root for.
Former Horns Leonard Davis (1997-2000) and Tarell Brown (2003-2006) both currently play for the San Francisco 49ers.
Davis, a first team All-American at Texas, played for the Arizona Cardinals, the Cowboys and the Detroit Lions before signing a one-year deal with the 49ers this summer. A three-time Pro-Bowler, Davis no longer starts, but has played in all 16 games at guard for San Francisco this year.
Tarell Brown, a member of the 2005 National Championship team at Texas, is in his sixth season with the 49ers. The starting cornerback for San Francisco, Brown has recorded three interceptions with the team this season, including one crucial one in the playoffs.
Both Justin Tucker (2009-2012) and Chykie Brown (2008-2011) play for the Baltimore Ravens.
Brown, a cornerback for the Ravens, is in his second season in the NFL and has recorded 28 total tackles this season.
Tucker, best known for his last second field goal to beat the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station in their final meeting last season, has made a name for himself in the league this year as the rookie field goal kicker for Baltimore. This season, he is 30 for 33 in field goal attempts with his longest coming from 56 yards away. He has also kicked two game-winning field goals this season, including a 47-yarder in double-overtime in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
Again, while your favorite NFL teams may not have a chance to bring home a Super Bowl title, at least you will have some former Longhorns to cheer for as you watch Super Bowl 2013.