Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. He and his wife live in Fayetteville.
Bailey heading to Super Bowl
Seattle Seahawks Alvin Bailey (78) blocks as quarterback Casey Brockman (4) looks to pass during practice drills at Seahawks NFL football Rookie Minicamp, Friday, May 10, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FAYETTEVILLE One year after forgoing his final season of eligibility at Arkansas, Alvin Bailey is heading to the Super Bowl.
Bailey helped the Seahawks to a 23-17 win over the 49ers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. The offensive lineman had a key block on Marshawn Lynch's 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of the win at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
The Broken Arrow, Okla. native is the fifth former Arkansas player to make the Super Bowl in the last four seasons. Brett Goode (Packers), Mitch Petrus and Tony Ugoh (Giants), and Bobbie Williams (Ravens) are former Razorbacks to win the last three Super Bowl titles.
Bailey went undrafted last April but signed a rookie free agent contract with the Seahawks. He played in 14 regular season games and has been on the team's active roster during the playoffs.
Seattle will play Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.