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Jan. 27, 2014

            SAN FRANCISCO -- The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos meet this Sunday in Super Bowl XVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.   On the line is the coveted Lombardi Trophy, signifying the 2013 National Football League champion.

            Six players [five active, one on injured reserve] on Super Bowl Sunday own previous playing experience in San Francisco’s college bowl game.

            The NFC Champion Seahawks players include linebackers Mike Morgan and Malcolm Smith, tight end Anthony McCoy [IR], all from USC; plus running back Derrick Coleman of UCLA.

            The AFC Champion Broncos contingent is tackle Orlando Franklin of Miami and tight end Virgil Green of Nevada.

            Morgan, Smith and McCoy played for the Trojans in the 2009 Emerald Bowl game and helped USC defeat Boston College, 24-13.   The game marked the USC coaching finale for Pete Carroll, who moved to the Seahawks in 2010 and has taken his team to the Super Bowl after four seasons at the helm.  

            Coleman competed for UCLA in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Illinois, but came out on the losing end of a 20-14 score.  

            Seattle advanced to this year’s Super Bowl by defeating both New Orleans and San Francisco in the divisional and championship rounds, respectively.

            Franklin played for Miami in the 2008 Emerald Bowl against California.  The Bears turned back the Hurricane 24-17 in front of a Bowl record 42,668 fans at AT&T Park.   Green was a member of the WAC champion Nevada Wolf Pack that faced Boston College in the 2010 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.   Nevada was a 20-13 victor in that contest.

            Denver earned a Super Bowl berth with divisional and championship round victories over San Diego and New England.   Each team finished the regular season 13-3.

            For the first time in 20 years, both #1 seeds have advanced to the Super Bowl, which will set a record for the coldest Super Bowl game ever.   Game time temperatures are forecast to be between 25 and 35 degrees.  Kickoff is 3:30 p.m.PST/6:30 p.m. EST.