The Sidney Lanier Poets will have a piece of the Super Bowl
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Friday, January 24, 2014
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The Sidney Lanier Poets will have a piece of the Super Bowl. Alabama State Hornets, too.

Tarvaris Jackson, a backup quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, will be part of Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Seahawks will play the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2 in metropolitan New York.

Seattle also has two former University of Alabama players on its roster: offensive lineman James Carpenter and defensive lineman Jesse Williams.

Jackson has appeared in three games this year and is 10-of-13 passing for 151 yards and a touchdown. He's in his eighth NFL season.

Carpenter is a third-year NFL veteran and made 10 regular-season starts for the Seahawks. Williams is a rookie on Seattle's reserve/injured list and hasn't played this season.

Jackson, who graduated from Lanier in 2001, is the latest in a long line of Poets to reach the Super Bowl.

The most recent was Jeno James when the Carolina Panthers played the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston 10 years ago.

Reggie Barlow, who is now Alabama State's head coach, was a receiver for the Super Bowl XXXVII champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003.

Bart Starr was the most valuable player of the first two Super Bowls for the Green Bay Packers. Johnny Davis (49ers, 1982) and Richmond Flowers (Cowboys, 1971) also played in Super Bowls.

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