Feb. 2, 2009
In 2007, the Wall Street Journal ranked Florida State University as the number one school for producing successful NFL talent. With 100 draft picks since 1993 and 57 players who have played in the Super Bowl, Florida State’s world-class talent shone brightly as five former Seminoles lived up to those expectations in Super Bowl XLIII.
Alongside linebacker Lawrence Timmons, cornerback Bryant McFadden claimed his second Super Bowl ring as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in one of the most exciting finishes in Super Bowl history. Timmons recorded five solo tackles and McFadden had three tackles to lead the Steelers to their six Super Bowl victory – the most of any NFL franchise. Former Seminole defensive tackle Orpheus Roye was also on the Steelers’ roster for his 13th NFL season.
Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin also grabbed eight passes for 84 yards as the Cardinals made their first Super Bowl appearance in history. Yet it was defensive tackle Darnell Dockett who put up the most impressive numbers with two sacks and six total tackles for the NFC champion Cardinals.
The Cardinals drafted Boldin in the 2nd round in 2003 and Dockett went in the 3rd round to Arizona in 2004. McFadden was picked up by Pittsburgh in the second round of the 2005 draft and Timmons became the 33rd first round draft pick in Florida State history when he was drafted as the 15th overall pick by the Steelers in 2007.
Five former Seminoles will also hit the field once more in the 2009 Pro Bowl as Anquan Boldin, Walter Jones, and Derrick Brooks will all suit up for the NFC. Chris Hope and Leon Washington will both represent the AFC next weekend in Honolulu, HI.