Former Alabama Crimson Tide defensive standouts Terrence Cody and Courtney Upshaw will play in Super Bowl XLVIII tonight in New Orleans. Both are playing for head coach John Harbaugh on the Baltimore Raven’s standout defense. After being teammates for 2008 and 2009 in Tuscaloosa, the two players were reunited when Upshaw was drafted by Baltimore.
Nose tackle Terrence Cody is in his third year with the Ravens. Although he hasn’t gotten the starting time he did under Coach Saban, he is still a force when he comes into the game to stop the run. At 6-foot-4 and 34o pounds, Cody has recorded 25 tackles this season. After Cody got a ring against Texas in 2009, he’s looking to get one at the next level tonight.
Former All-American linebacker Courtney Upshaw is in his rookie year in Baltimore and has enjoyed a lot of playing time. He has recorded 60 tackles this season with 1.5 sacks and 2 forced turnovers. Upshaw made sure Harbaugh knew he would be a playmaker when he made six tackles and forced two fumbles in the team’s second game of the season. Upshaw won a championship just last season with Alabama and is hungry for another one tonight.
Upshaw and Cody aren’t the only two connections that the Tide have to the Ravens. Former Alabama receiver Ozzie Newsome is the general manager in Baltimore. Newsome has already been a part of one Super Bowl team with the Ravens in 2001 as vice president of player personnel. So if this article hasn’t helped in choosing who to root for tonight as an Alabama fan, let’s make it clear: