Maxwell seeks 2nd straight Super Bowl Title


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Pos: DB   Height: 6-1   Weight: 205   Hometown: North Charleston, SC (Fort Dorchester HS)  
Years Played: 2006 - 2010

Clemson, S.C.—Former Clemson defensive back Byron MaxwellByron Maxwell
Defensive Back (2006 - 2010)
#36 6-1, 205
North Charleston, SC

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has the opportunity to accomplish a feat no former Tiger has done at the professional level when his Seattle Seahawks meet the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday.

Maxwell is expected to start for the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks in the ultimate game for the second straight year. If the Seahawks win, he will be the first former Tiger to play and start in consecutive Super Bowls for the championship team.

Three former Tigers have played with NFL franchises that have won the Super Bowl in consecutive seasons, but none of those players played in both games. Bennie CunninghamBennie Cunningham
Tight End (1972 - 1975)
#85 6-5, 250
Seneca, SC

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(Pittsburgh, 1978-79), Terrence Flagler (1988-89) and Trevor PryceTrevor Pryce
Defensive Tackle (1996)
# 6-5, 290
Brooklyn, NY

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(1997-98) all were on teams that won consecutive Super Bowls, but all three did not play in the first Super Bowl of their back to back victories.

Maxwell, a four-year NFL veteran, has had his best year as a professional in 2014. He started 12 of the 13 games he played (missed three games with injury) and had 39 tackles, 35 first hits. He had a career high 11 tackles in a week three victory over Denver. He had two interceptions in the regular season and a team best 12 passes defensed. He also had a caused fumble and a fumble recovery.

While Clemson’s 2014 defense led the nation in total defense and pass defense this year, Maxwell has been a starter on the top defense in the NFL. The Seahawks have allowed just 267 yards per game, including just 185 passing yards per game, best in the league.

Maxwell has six tackles in the two Seahawks playoff victories and had an interception of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the NFC Championship game.

In last year’s Super Bowl, Maxwell had four tackles and a forced fumble in the Seahawks victory over the Denver Broncos.

Maxwell lettered at Clemson from 2007-10 and had 165 career tackles to go with six caused fumbles and four interceptions. He was a starter on Clemson’s 2010 defense that ranked 13th in the nation in scoring defense.

A Seahawks victory would make Maxwell the eighth different former Tiger to win multiple Super Bowl Rings. He would join Charlie Waters as the second defensive back to win two. Waters was a member of the Dallas Cowboys championship teams from the 1971 and 1977 seasons. Former Tiger center Jeff Bostic of the Washington Redskins is the only former Tiger to win three Super Bowl rings.

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