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Eight players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are in New Orleans with Super Bowl teams Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco Forty-Niners.  Additionally, Morehouse alum Jerome Boger will serve as head referee and former Tennessee State standout Richard Dent will participate in post game ceremonies at Super Bowl XLVIII.Super Bowl XLVII

Six former HBCU players are on the Ravens roster and two former HBCU players are on the roster of the Forty-Niners.

The Ravens have Adrian Hamilton (LB-Prairie View A&M), Ramon Harewood (T-Morehouse) and Jacoby Jones (WR-Lane) on the active roster, with Anthony Levine (S-Tennessee State) and Christian Thompson (S-S.C. State) on injured reserve and Nigel Carr (S-Alabama State) on the Practice Squad.

The 49ers have Lamar Divens (DT-Tennessee State) and Ricardo Lockette (WR-Ft. Valley State) on their Practice Squad.

Former All-SIAC quarterback and Morehouse 77’ alum Jerome Boger will become the second African-American in the history of the Super Bowl to serve as head official. Boger, who is a former SIAC official, was the highest-graded official by the NFL this season. His crew averaged 94.1 penalty yards per game, the fourth-fewest of any officiating crew who worked at least 10 games.

The NFL announced Thursday morning that former Chicago Bear, 49ers and Tennessee State University star, Richard Dent, will carry the Vince Lombardi Trophy during the presentation ceremony for the Super Bowl winner at the conclusion of the game.

Dent was the MVP of Super Bowl XX and spent most of his 14 year career with the Chicago Bears. He retired in 1997.


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