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Three Indiana Natives Involved in Super Bowl XLVII

January 23, 2013


Three Indiana natives that played high school football in our state are members of Super Bowl participants, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.

Super Bowl XLVII is set for Sunday, Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Bernard Pollard (6-1, 224) is in his seventh NFL season and his second as a safety for the Ravens. Pollard was born in Fort Wayne where he attended South Side High School (1999-2003). He played collegiately at Purdue University and was selected by Kansas City in the second round (54th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Second year wide receiver Tandon Doss (6-2, 205) was selected by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Indiana University (123rd overall).  Doss was born in Indianapolis and attended Ben Davis High School (2004-08).  While at Ben Davis, Doss earned first-team All-State honors during his senior year.

Playing in his rookie season is 49ers running back Jewel Hampton (5-9, 210). Hampton was born in Indianapolis and graduated from Warren Central High School (2004-08) where he was a part of three consecutive 5A state championship teams (2004, 2005, 2006). Hampton continued his football career at Iowa before transferring to Southern Illinois. He was promoted to the 49ers’ active roster on Nov. 27 after signing as an undrafted free agent last summer.

Of course neither is a native but Harbaugh brothers Jim, in his second season as 49ers head coach, and John, in his fifth season as head coach of the Ravens, will become the first siblings to coach head-to-head for the Super Bowl title.  Both had previous involvement with the Indianapolis Colts. Jim was the Colts quarterback from 1994-1997 and John performed as the special teams coordinator during Jim’s last season as a Colt in 1997.

Eight other individuals between both teams have ties to the state. These include playing or coaching at the collegiate or professional level.

Baltimore Ravens
Jim Caldwell
1st season as Ravens Quarterbacks Coach/Offensive Coordinator.
Colts: QB Coach (2002-2007), Associate Head Coach (2008), Head Coach (2009-2011).
Super Bowl Title: XLI.

Tandon Doss
#77, 2nd season as Ravens Wide Receiver.
Born: Indianapolis.
High School: Ben Davis.
College: Indiana University.

John Harbaugh
5th season as Ravens Head Coach.
Colts: Special Teams Coordinator, 1997.
Sister is married to Tom Crean (IU Men’s Basketball Coach).

Andy Moeller
2nd season as Ravens Offensive Line Coach, 5th overall season with the Ravens.
Indiana University: Graduate Assistant Coach under Head Coach Bill Mallory, 1987.

Bernard Pollard
#31, 7th overall season, 2nd season as Ravens Safety.
Born: Fort Wayne.
High School: South Side (Fort Wayne).
College: Purdue University.


San Francisco 49ers
Vic Fangio
2nd season as 49ers Defensive Coordinator.
Colts Defensive Coordinator, 1991-2001.

Darius Fleming
#58, Rookie season with 49ers, Linebacker.
College: Notre Dame.

Jewel Hampton
#33, Rookie season with 49ers, Running Back.
Born: Indianapolis.
High School: Warren Central.

Jim Harbaugh
(2nd season as 49ers Head Coach).
Quarterback for Colts 1994-1997.
Sister is married to Tom Crean (IU Men’s Basketball Coach).

Bob Morris
3rd year with 49ers as the Southern Regional Scout.
Indiana University: Secondary coach, 1984-1993.
Purdue University: Defensive Coordinator, 1994-1995.
Special Teams Coach, 1996.

Manny Rivera
9th year as 49ers Assistant Athletic Trainer.
Master of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University, 2003.
Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Indiana University’s Football Team, 2003.

Brad Seely
1st season as 49ers Special Teams Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach.
Began his NFL career in 1989 with Colts as special teams/tight end coach (5 years).

Ian Williams
(#93, 2nd season with 49ers, DT).
College: Notre Dame.

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