Four Vols in Super Bowl

Four former Tennessee Vols will be playing in Sunday's Super Bowl, and two of them likely will be playing prominent roles.

Kelley Washington, Donte' Stallworth and Rashad Moore will represent the unbeaten AFC champ New England Patriots. Gibril Wilson plays for the NFC champ New York Giants.

Stallworth, the Patriots' No. 3 receiver behind starters Randy Moss and Wes Welker, caught 46 passes for 697 yards (15.2 yards per catch) and three touchdowns during the regular season. He added five receptions for 79 yards, with a long of 53, in New England's first two playoff games.

Washington, a little-used receiver, has not caught a pass all season. However, he recorded 11 regular-season tackles and 5 regular-season assists on special teams. He recorded two more special-teams tackles in playoff action.

Moore, the team's No. 3 nose guard behind Vince Wilfork and Le Kevin Smith, recorded one regular-season tackle.

The only Super Bowl starter among the ex-Vols is Wilson, who served as the Giants' No. 1 free safety since his rookie season of 2004. He ranks second among the Giants with 84 tackles this season, including 70 solos. He also has four interceptions and a fumble recovery to his credit.

As one of New England's leading receivers, Stallworth will be running some routes into Wilson's vicinity on Sunday. The two could find themselves going on-on-one several times.

The four ex-Vols will bring to 48 the total number of UT alumni to suit up for Super Bowl teams in the history of the event.

Only one college program has more former players than Tennessee in Sunday's Super Bowl ... LSU. Five ex-Tigers are scheduled to dress out for the game – running back Kevin Faulk, cornerback Randall Gay, defensive lineman Jarvis Green and linebacker Eric Alexander of the Patriots, along with cornerback Corey Webster of the Giants.


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