Former Hog to play in Super Bowl

By: Logan Wilson
Published: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Bobbie Williams, right, celebrates with Ray Lewis following the Baltimore Ravens' AFC Championship victory.
Photo by The Associated Press
Bobbie Williams, right, celebrates with Ray Lewis following the Baltimore Ravens' AFC Championship victory.

RAZORBACKS IN RECENT SUPER BOWLS

Bobbie Williams - Super Bowl XLVII - Ravens vs. 49ers

Ryan Mallett, Mitch Petrus, Tony Ugoh - Super Bowl XLVI - Giants vs. Patriots

Brett Goode - Super Bowl XLV - Packers vs. Steelers

Tony Ugoh - Super Bowl XLIV - Colts vs. Saints

Former Arkansas offensive lineman Bobbie Williams will have the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl for the first time in his career.

Williams, a 13-year veteran in the National Football League, signed with Baltimore prior to the 2012 season. On Sunday, the Ravens defeated the New England Patriots 28-13 to win the AFC Championship game and earn a spot in Super Bowl XLVII.

In his time at Arkansas, Williams earned second-team All Southeastern Conference honors before being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

The 36-year-old offensive lineman spent four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before an eight-year tenure with the Cincinnati Bengals preceded his run at the Super Bowl with the Ravens. Williams' appearance in Super Bowl XLVII will mark the fourth straight season a Razorback is playing in the NFL's championship event.

In the MLB, the World Series has included a former Arkansas baseball player for the past six years. Drew Smyly, Cliff Lee, Craig Gentry and Eric Hinske have all represented the Razorbacks in the Fall Classic since 2007.

Ryan Mallett also made an appearance in Sunday's AFC Championship game. Although he was Tom Brady's backup, he stepped onto the field in the first quarter when New England faced a fourth-and-two. The former Arkansas quarterback entered the game with the punt team before making an adjustment to line up under center. Baltimore took a timeout, however, and Mallett spent the remainder of the game on the sideline.

The Ravens will play the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.

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