TSU players have history in Super Bowls

Former TSU great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Dent holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former Tennessee State University free safety Anthony Levine won his second Super Bowl ring in three years as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday night in New Orleans.

Levine was signed to the Ravens’ practice squad as a free agent on September 3, 2012. He was a part of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl winning team two years ago bringing TSU’s count to 12 players who are members of a Super Bowl Championship team.

The safety and former standout at Tennessee State had spent the past two seasons on the Packers’ practice squad before signing with Baltimore earlier this season. Levine saw game action twice this season in week 11 at Pittsburgh and recorded a tackle at San Diego during week 12.

“It’s been a very long time coming,” Levine told BaltimoreRavens.com earlier this year when he made his NFL debut. “Spending two years out there in Green Bay and not playing a game, and then coming here, it’s really been a long time coming. I’m ready to bust out of that shell.

“I had a couple teams that came at me, and when I got the phone call that Baltimore wanted me, the first thing that I thought of was Ray Lewis and Ed Reed,” Levine said. “That was really why I signed. To learn from Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, to learn from those two guys, it could only help my career go in a positive direction.”

His career appears to be moving in the right direction, and Levine’s focus now is to make an impact on special teams. He is determined to carve out a niche as a special-teams ace.

“My goal is to be an impact on special teams,” he said. “To help win games on special teams and to be the best that I can be out there. That’s going to be my role and I’m going to play it to the fullest and be the best that I could be at it.”

In college, Levine played in 40 games and had 129 tackles (80 solo) along with five interceptions.

An All-Ohio Valley Conference selection at the end of his senior year, Levine was the 19th TSU football alum on a roster of a Super Bowl team. Lamar Divens of the San Francisco 49ers was the 20th TSU player on a Super Bowl roster. Levine was the first TSU player to win the Super Bowl as a member Green Bay Packers and the Baltimore Ravens.

In addition, he brings TSU’s count to 12 in regards to players who are members of a Super Bowl Championship team.

Levine is a native of Abbeville, La. but attended R.J. Reynolds HS in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Former TSU great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Dent was also present at the Super Bowl presenting the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the Ravens.

An eighth-round draft choice out of Tennessee State in 1983, Dent was one of the most feared pass rushers in NFL history and collected 137.5 sacks, including eight seasons in which he recorded a double-digit sack count.

One of Dent’s signature performances came Jan. 26, 1986 in Super Bowl XX at the Superdome where he accounted for three tackles, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in the Bears’ 46-10 win over the New England Patriots.

He was also a member of the San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl XXIX championship team, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Philadelphia Eagles.