Browns Connections: Super Bowl XLVII

Posted Jan 30, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Several players and coaches competing in Super Bowl XLVII in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday have connections to Cleveland and the Browns organization.

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- With the NFL set to decide its champion when the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers meet in Super Bowl XLVII in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday evening, takes a look at the several players and coaches on the participating teams that have a connection to Cleveland and the state of Ohio.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens, 6:20pm ET Sunday on CBS

49ers/Bay Area

Browns senior advisor Gil Haskell was a high school coach in the San Francisco area before working his way through the college and professional ranks.

Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner, a native of Martinez, Calif., in the Bay Area, was the 49ers' offensive coordinator in 2006. He also coached the Oakland Raiders from 2004-05.

Offensive line coach George Warhop served in the same capacity with the 49ers from 2005-08.

Browns strength and conditioning coach Brad Roll served in the same capacity with the Raiders from 2008-11, and offensive quality control coach Shane Steichen is a native of Sacramento.

The Browns have several California natives on their roster, including: tight end Jordan Cameron (Newbury Park), offensive linemen Alex Mack (Santa Barbara), Oniel Cousins (Fullerton) and Mitchell Schwartz (Pacific Palisades), defensive back T.J. Ward (San Francisco), linebackers Chris Gocong (Santa Barbara), Scott Fujita (Ventura) and James-Michael Johnson (Fairchild), defensive lineman Frostee Rucker (Tustin), and long-snapper Christian Yount (Coto de Caza).

Browns fullback Owen Marecic, tight end Alex Smith and cornerback Johnson Bademosi went to Stanford University, while Mack, Fujita and Schwartz went to the University of California-Berkeley.

Brad Seely, San Francisco’s special teams coordinator/assistant head coach, held the same position with the Browns from 2009-10.

Offensive lineman Alex Boone (Lakewood/St. Edward/Ohio State), wide receivers Ted Ginn Jr. (Cleveland/Glenville/Ohio State) and Mario Manningham (Warren/Harding), and safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland/Glenville/Ohio State) are Ohio natives.

Linebacker Larry Grant spent two years at Ohio State.


Cousins was a third-round pick of the Ravens in 2008 and played three seasons in Baltimore from 2008-10. Defensive lineman Ishmaa’ily Kitchen was an undrafted free-agent signee of the Ravens after the 2012 NFL Draft.

Wide receiver Joshua Cribbs (Washington, D.C./Dunbar High School), defensive backs Joe Haden (Fort Washington/Friendly) Bademosi (Silver Springs/Gonzaga) and Usama Young (Largo), and defensive lineman Phil Taylor (Clinton/Gwynn Park) are Maryland/Washington, D.C. natives.

Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson played football at the University of Maryland.

Browns outside linebackers coach Brian Baker is a native of Baltimore, and coached the outside linebackers at the University of Maryland from 1984-85.

Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome was selected by the Browns with the No. 23 overall pick in the 1978 NFL Draft and became a Hall-of-Fame inductee after playing with the team from 1978-90. Newsome still holds seven franchise records (most catches in a career, season and game, most consecutive games with a catch, yards in a career and game, and most seasons with 50 or more receptions).

Newsome got his start in the front office with the Browns’ pro personnel department from 1991-95.

Baltimore’s assistant head coach/special teams coordinator, Jerry Rosburg, coached the Browns’ special teams from 2001-06 and his special teams units ranked in the top 10 in several categories during that time.

Defensive line coach Clarence Brooks served in the same capacity with the Browns in 1999.

Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees was Cribbs’ head coach at Kent State and guided him to 13 school records. Under Pees’ direction, Cribbs became only the second player in NCAA history to rush for and also throw for more than 1,000 yards in a single season.

Chris Hewitt, Baltimore’s assistant special teams coach, served as an intern with the Browns in 2001 through the NFL’s Minority Coaching Fellowship Program.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (Perrysburg/Miami of Ohio), inside linebackers coach Don Martindale (Dayton/Defiance College) and Pees (Dunkirk/Bowling Green State University) are Ohio natives.

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