Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. He and his wife live in Fayetteville.
Bailey gets Super Bowl win
Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch (24) celebrates with teammate Alvin Bailey after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
FAYETTEVILLE Add Alvin Bailey to the list of former Razorbacks to win the Super Bowl.
Bailey, an offensive lineman who opted to skip his final season of college in 2013, helped Seattle to a 43-8 win over Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday night in East Rutherford, N.J. Bailey was signed as a free agent after going undrafted last spring.
The Broken Arrow, Okla. native was on the field for a first quarter touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch and used as an extra lineman throughout the game. He was called for a holding penalty in the fourth quarter when the game was in hand for the Seahawks.
Bailey was a three-year starter for the Razorbacks at offensive guard. He was one of multiple people with Arkansas connections in Sunday's big game.
Seattle backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson began his college career with the Razorbacks before transferring to Alabama State. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and assistant offensive line coach Pat Ruel were graduate assistant coaches at Arkansas in the 1970s.
Arkansas has been represented by a former player in the last six Super Bowls with wins in the last four. Former Razorbacks linemen Brett Goode (Packers), Tony Ugoh (Giants), Mitch Petrus (Giants) and Bobbie Williams (Ravens) were Super Bowl winners in recent years.