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Former Michigan State Spartans Prepare for the Super Bowl

January 31st, 2014 at 4:41 PM
By MacK Lester

Kellen Davis played at Michigan State at tight end for four years, from 2004-07. He is now in his sixth season in the NFL, and his first season with the Seattle Seahawks. He is making his first appearance in a Super Bowl this Sunday as the Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos in Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

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During his tenure at Michigan State, the Adrian, MI was a jack of all trades. He participated on the offense, defense and the special teams squad. He appeared in 43 games, with 22 starts. In his collegiate career he totaled 60 receptions for 789 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Davis was drafted in the fifth round (pick 158) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. For five years he played in Chicago until he was released in March of 2013. A week later he signed briefly with the Cleveland Browns, participating until the end of the pre-season before he again was released. In September he signed with the Seattle Seahawks. So far in his professional career, Davis has notched 50 catches for 561 yards and 12 touchdowns.

While Davis is the only participating player from Michigan State, he isn’t the only former Spartan on the field. Denver Bronco defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson played at MSU and was a four-year letterman. The Detroit, MI native played in 44 collegiate games, starting 9 of them. He totaled 113 tackles, 24.5 of them were for a loss, 8.5 sacks, two blocked kicks, and a fumble recovery.

The Miami Dolphins picked him up in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. After playing with the Dolphins for two years, the Tennessee Titans for three years, and a short stint with the Seahawks, Vickerson signed with the Broncos in 2010. He will not be able to participate in the big game as he is still listed on injured reserve after a hip dislocation against the New England Patriots this past November.

Other former Spartans on the sidelines include Pat Ruel, Seattle’s assistance offensive line coach. He was under Nick Saban’s staff at MSU in 1998-99.

Adam Gase was also under Saban’s staff as a student assistant. He graduated from MSU in 1999. The Ypsilanti, MI native is in his first season as the Bronco’s offensive coordinator.

Super Bowl XLVIII will air live on FOX this Sunday at 6:30 pm Eastern Time. 

Tags: Adam Gase, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Kellen Davis, Kevin Vickerson, Miami Dolphins, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, MSU, NCAA, New England Patriots, Nick Saban, Pat Ruel, Seattle Seahawks

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