GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Seattle-Denver Super Bowl was on my TV screen Sunday night, but on my Twitter timeline, you might have thought a Gators game was going on.
A Gators game circa 2008.
Seemed every time I checked out Twitter I saw references to Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin or a #Gators hashtag.
As you probably know unless you dozed off around 7, Tebow had one of the night’s biggest commercials and Harvin had one of the night’s biggest performances.
In addition, former Gators defensive coordinator Dan Quinn unleased his “Legion of Boom” defense on Peyton Manning and the Broncos never had a chance.
What you might not know is that Harvin and Quinn were not the only UF connections to the Seahawks.
Seattle’s official mascot, Blitz, is actually UF graduate Ryan Asdourian, who I wrote about last month.
Also, former Gators defensive back Marquand Manuel, who spent time at UF in the fall of 2011 studying under Quinn and Gators head coach Will Muschamp, is a defensive assistant with Seattle.
In fact, Manuel is the only Seahawks coach or player remaining with ties to Seattle’s Super Bowl team in 2005 writes Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com.
Finally, Seattle’s head athletic trainer is Donald Rich, who did his undergraduate work at UF and was promoted to head trainer in June 2012.
So, if you are a Seahawks fan, you had a good night with some Gator-flavored highlights.
For some fresh links about the Florida connections to Super Bowl XLVIII, check these out:
--Quinn talks about how he would have probably accepted Cleveland's head-coaching job if the Seahawks hadn't made a Super Bowl run.
--Harvin showed why Seahawks traded for him writes The Seattle Times.
--Harvin finally delivered on Seattle's huge investment writes The New York Times.
--Harvin kept his word, delivered with a big Super Bowl writes The Sporting News.
--Tebow's T-Mobile ad wins raves writes The New York Post.