UNC Football: Tar Heels in the Super Bowl

North Carolina's Sylvester Williams (92) was an absolute beast and stalwart for the Tar Heels' defensive line during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. (Photo Credit: Robert Willett/News & Observer)

North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams (92) was an absolute beast and stalwart for the Tar Heels’ defensive line during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. (Photo Credit: Robert Willett/News & Observer)

Super Bowl XLVIII was a major disappointment for most fans, unless you were cheering for the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks dismantled the Denver Broncos 43-8 in one of the biggest blowouts in Super Bowl History. Despite the outcome, one member of the North Carolina football family played in a game he will surely never forget.

Rookie defensive linemen Sylvester Williams of the Denver Broncos played for UNC during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, before being drafted by the Broncos in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

In his senior season at Carolina, Williams was named to the All-ACC first team, in what was one of the most productive seasons for a defensive tackle at UNC in some time. In his UNC career, he posted 96 tackles, including 8.5 sacks and over 20 tackles for losses.

During his rookie season, Williams totaled 19 tackles, two of which came Sunday during the biggest game of his life in Super Bowl XLVIII. He also added two sacks and a fumble recovery on the year.

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These numbers might not jump out at anyone, but for a rookie defensive lineman, Williams had a more than successful year. He proved that he is going to be a factor for the Denver Broncos defense in the future and a mainstay in their front four for years to come.

No matter the outcome, one thing is certain – Williams played on the biggest stage the NFL has to offer and contributed to his team during his rookie season. For a first year player, it can’t get much better than that – well, unless he were to actually win the Super Bowl. Maybe next year, Sylvester.

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