Three former Gamecocks headed to Super Bowl with Seattle

dcloninger@thestate.comJanuary 20, 2014 

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Seattle center Lemuel Jeanpierre (61)

ELAINE THOMPSON — AP

The NFC champion Seattle Seahawks might have a few more 12th men when they take on Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII in two weeks.

South Carolina fans will be able to see former Gamecock Lemuel Jeanpierre (2006-09) suit up for Seattle in the NFL’s biggest game. Jeanpierre, a backup offensive lineman, has played in 18 games with three starts for the Seahawks this year.

The Gamecocks also have two other representatives on the Seahawks’ roster, although neither is expected to play. Wide receiver Sidney Rice (2005-06) tore his ACL in October and hasn’t played since, while cornerback Akeem Auguste (2008-12) is on Seattle’s practice squad. Auguste has not played in a game this year.

Jeanpierre signed with Kansas City as an undrafted free agent in 2010 but was cut after training camp. The Seahawks added him to the practice squad in 2010 and he was promoted to the active roster in 2011. After starting five of 16 games (one at center, four at right guard) in 2011, he was mostly a special-teamer in 2012, but started three games this season in relief of starter Max Unger.

Rice is in his seventh year in the NFL and his third in Seattle after signing a $41 million deal to leave Minnesota, which drafted him No. 44 overall in 2007. Rice has been plagued with injuries during his time in Seattle and the knee injury this year held him to eight games, where he caught 15 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns.

Auguste was one of the last cuts by Cleveland in the preseason but was added to Seattle’s practice squad in late November.

SUPER BOWL GAMECOCKS

The former Gamecocks who have been on Super Bowl rosters prior to this season. (Players in bold were on winning teams.)

Robert Brooks (Green Bay, 1997, 1998)

Sheldon Brown (Philadelphia, 2005)

Bobby Bryant (Minnesota, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1977)

Emanuel Cook (Baltimore, 2013)

Steve Courson (Pittsburgh, 1979, 1980)

Terry Cousin (Carolina, 2004)

Chris Culliver (San Francisco, 2013)

Brad Edwards (Washington, 1992)

Harold Green (Atlanta, 1999)

Ira Hillary (Cincinnati, 1989)

Jamar Nesbit (New Orleans, 2010)

Chris Norman (Denver, 1987)

Dan Reeves (Dallas, 1971, 1972)*

George Rogers (Washington, 1988)

Max Runager (Philadelphia, 1981; San Francisco, 1985)

Jay Saldi (Dallas, 1978, 1979)

Duce Staley (Pittsburgh, 2006)

Rod Wilson (Chicago, 2007)

Anthony Wright (New York Giants, 2008)

* Note: Reeves also was the head coach in four Super Bowls. He took Denver in 1987, 1988 and 1990 and Atlanta in 1999.

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