Scott Fowler

Super Bowl: Former N.C. State players enjoy big night

It was a big day for the four former N.C. State football players in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Russell Wilson was the winning quarterback, throwing two touchdown passes, never committing a turnover and leading his team beautifully. In only his second year in the NFL, as the leader of a team that is also very young, Wilson already has the Super Bowl ring that quarterbacks such as Dan Marino and Fran Tarkenton never got.

“It’s kind of surreal,” Wilson said. “I think about being 5-foot-11, and so many people told me I couldn’t do it.”

Kicker Steven Hauschka scored 11 points as he was perfect on two short field goals and five extra points. Hauschka even recovered a fumble on one of his kickoffs – although the recovery was overturned on review.

Seattle offensive guard J.R. Sweezy (once a linebacker at Mooresville High and then a defensive tackle at N.C. State) started for the Seahawks and will also get a well-deserved Super Bowl ring.

Denver linebacker Nate Irving played for the losing team that got whipped by 35 points. Irving knocked a ball out of a receiver’s hands in the end zone to save a touchdown, however.

When Lynch was asked afterward if it was the best day of his life, he said: “Next to being born.”

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