EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A dream came true for former Cornell standout Bryan Walters as his Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in impressive fashion to win Super Bowl XLVIII.
Walters, a lifelong Seattle fan, grew up in Kirkland, Wash. where the Seahawks' headquarters was located from 1986-2008. Under mild conditions at MetLife Stadium, he was on Seattle's 53-man active roster as his hometown team shut down the most potent offense in National Football League history and put on an offensive display of its own en route to the 43-8 victory.
Walters becomes just the 15th former Ivy Leaguer to capture a Super Bowl ring and the second in a row after former Harvard star Matt Birk capped his 15-year NFL career with a Super Bowl XLVII win with the Baltimore Ravens.
The four-year veteran wide receiver spent his first season with Seattle after spending two seasons with the San Diego Chargers and part of last off-season with the Minnesota Vikings before being signed to a futures contract on Jan. 31, 2013. This season, he appeared in four games and recorded his first NFL start.
The Ivy League has a other ties to the Seahawks franchise as well. Former Harvard star and NFL player Isaiah Kacyvenski was on hand for the game to root his former team. Kacyvenski played six-plus seasons for Seattle from 2000-06 and was special teams captain for Super Bowl XL. Starting quarterback Russell Wilson is the son of 1977 Dartmouth graduate Harrison B. Wilson III. Affectionately known as "Harry B.", the older Wilson was a standout football and baseball player for the Big Green in the mid-1970s. In addition, team president Peter McLoughlin is a 1979 Harvard graduate.
Columbia Associate Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine Jim Gossett served as one of two NFL Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) spotters during the game for the second-straight year. Gossett has served as the Lions' head athletic trainer for 29 years and this year marks his 34th season working for Columbia.
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