Four Former Bulldogs Set For Super Bowl XLVIII

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Former MSU linebacker K.J. Wright and Seattle take on Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII.
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NEW YORK – Three former Mississippi State football players will represent the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, while one former Bulldog will play a significant role as a member of the officiating crew on football’s biggest stage this Sunday in MetLife Stadium.

Kickoff for the first cold-weather Super Bowl in an open-air stadium is at 5:30 p.m. CT Sunday live on FOX.

The Seahawks trio of former MSU linebacker K.J Wright. (2007-10), receiver Arceto Clark (2008-12) and defensive lineman Dewayne Cherrington (2011-12) have spent the week in New York taking in the experiences of their first Super Bowl.

Wright is expected to start at linebacker against the AFC champion Denver Broncos. The Olive Branch, Miss., native recorded a tackle in his first game back since breaking a bone in his foot Dec. 8 at San Francisco. Prior to the injury, he started in 13 games and racked up 80 tackles on the year.

Wright, Clark and Cherrington now make it 42 all-time Super Bowl appearances by 30 different players in Mississippi State football history.

In addition, former MSU defensive back Steve Freeman will serve as the back judge on the officiating crew for Super Bowl XLVIII. Freeman, 60, played safety for 12 NFL seasons (1975-86) and joined the NFL as an official in 2001.

Freeman was the team leader in interceptions in 1973 and 1974. His son, Brad, played on two College World Series teams (1997, ’98) for the Bulldogs and is now a Southeastern Conference field judge.

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