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Washburn garnered the spotlight several times leading up to Super Bowl XLVII with two former players in the big game, a rare feat for a school not affiliated with Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
Come game time, alumnus Michael Wilhoite, ba '10, a reserve linebacker and special teams captain for San Francisco, and former Ichabod All-American Cary Williams, attendee, a starting cornerback for Baltimore, squared off in a memorable matchup that the Ravens won 34-31 on Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans.
It’d been more than a decade since two players from the same non-Football Bowl Subdivision or Football Championship Subdivision team competed in the same Super Bowl.
Williams had three tackles and two passes defended, while Wilhoite had a special teams tackle. Baltimore held on despite a San Francisco rally from a 28-6 deficit midway through the third quarter.
Williams has emerged as a star for the Ravens during the past two years, registering more than 150 tackles for one of the league’s top defenses. He had the clinching interception for Baltimore during a 28-13 win against New England in the AFC Championship game.
Wilhoite earned a roster spot in December and has been fixture on special teams since. He recently served as a captain on the unit and had eight tackles this season for the 49ers, including one during their 28-24 win against Atlanta in the NFC title tilt.
That two players from Washburn were in the Super Bowl was news everywhere from Topeka to pieces at the national level, including this blog at Yahoo! Sports.