Gator flavor in Super Bowl


Left: San Francisco 49ers' defensive tackle Ray McDonald (91) against the Dallas Cowboys in an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. Right: Baltimore Ravens' wide receiver Deonte Thompson before an NFL football game in Baltimore, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.

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Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.

Another Super Bowl will have former University of Florida football players in action. Florida has had a former player on at least one Super Bowl roster for the 11th straight year.

On Sunday, for the San Francisco 49ers, it will be defensive lineman Ray McDonald representing the Gators. And for the Baltimore Ravens it is wide receiver Deonte Thompson.

McDonald started all 16 games of the regular season for the 49ers and totaled 38 tackles with 2.5 sacks. In the playoffs, he has started both games and recorded nine tackles.

Thompson, who signed as an undrafted free agent with the Ravens last summer, played in six games during the regular season and had five catches for 51 yards while also contributing on special teams. He has yet to see action during the playoffs and is expected to be inactive Sunday.

Sunday's winner will join receiver Dallas Baker as the only two players in UF history to win an SEC Championship, national championship and Super Bowl.

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