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From CAA Football to Super Bowl Champions

Feb 4, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

Five former CAA Football players have now put a ring on it (sorry, terrible Beyoncé reference) and can now call themselves World Champions after the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday in New Orleans.

Delaware alum Joe Flacco was named the game’s MVP after a light-outs performance (pun intended) in which he completed 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards to go with three touchdown tosses and no interceptions. In fact, Flacco joins Hall of Famer and childhood hero, Joe Montana, as the only two players in league history to have thrown 11 touchdown passes with no interceptions in their team’s postseason runs.

Whether Flacco is an “elite” quarterback will continue to be debated in the days and years to come, but Flacco made a statement on Sunday, looking the part throughout the game and particularly at the end of the evening as he hoisted the Lombardi Trophy with purple and gold confetti falling in the background.

New Hampshire alum and cornerback Corey Graham secured the team’s third-most tackles with six, including four solo stops, and a pair of passes defended to help lead Baltimore defensively, while Massachusetts alum (’07) and Ravens safety James Ihedigbo also added a solo tackle in the win.

UD’s Gino Gradkowski made a key block that helped lead to Jacoby Jones’ 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half. James Madison’s D.J. Bryant was a member of the Ravens’ practice squad roster.

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Times