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February 3, 2013

Harvard's Birk, Baltimore Ravens Win Super Bowl XLVII

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NEW ORLEANS -- Former Harvard standout Matt Birk became the 14th former Ivy Leaguer to capture the Vince Lombari Trophy as the Baltimore Ravens held off the San Francisco 49ers for a 34-31 victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

Birk's Ravens did not let a 34-minute power outage in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome quell their momentum after the team got out to 28-6 lead. Baltimore held on after San Francisco scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to get its second National Football League title in franchise history.

In his fourth season with the Ravens and his 15th NFL season, Birk earned his first Super Bowl ring following Kevin Boothe (Cornell) and Zak DeOssie (Brown) winning their second with the New York Giants last year.

Baltimore team president Richard "Dick" Cass graduated from Princeton in 1968 and got his law degree from the Yale Law School in 1971.

During the game, Columbia Associate Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine Jim Gossett served as one of two NFL Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) spotters during the game. Gossett is in 33rd season working for Columbia, his 28th as head athletic trainer for the Lions.

IVY LEAGUERS IN THE SUPER BOWL

Super Bowl Appearances
App. Player School Year(s)
3 Jason Garrett Princeton 1993-95-2001
2 Calvin Hill Yale 1971-72
2 Ed Marinaro Cornell 1974-75
2 George Starke Columbia 1983-84
2 Bob Holly Princeton 1983-84
2 Kenny Hill Yale 1984-87
2 Reggie Williams Dartmouth 1982-89
2 Sean Morey Brown 2006-09
2 Kevin Boothe Cornell 2008-12
2 Zak DeOssie Brown 2008-12
1 Chuck Mercein Yale 1968
1 John Dockery Harvard 1969
1 John Spagnola Yale 1981
1 Pat McInally Harvard 1982
1 Rich Diana Yale 1983
1 Derrick Harmon Cornell 1985
1 Gary Fencik Yale 1986
1 Isaiah Kacyvenski Harvard 2006
1 Jim Finn Penn 2008
1 Colin Cloherty Brown 2010
1 Matt Birk Harvard 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Bowl Victories
Wins Player School Year(s)
2 Kenny Hill Yale 1984-87
2 Jason Garrett Princeton 1993-95
2 Kevin Boothe
Cornell 2008-12
2 Zak DeOssie Brown 2008-12
1 Chuck Mercein Yale 1968
1 John Dockery Harvard 1969
1 Calvin Hill Yale 1972
1 Bob Holly Princeton 1983
1 George Starke Columbia 1983
1 Derrick Harmon Cornell 1985
1 Gary Fencik Yale 1986
1 Sean Morey
Brown 2006
1 Jim Finn Penn 2008
1 Matt Birk Harvard 2013