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Two Tar Heels Headed to the Super Bowl

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When Super Bowl 50 kicks off on February 7th, two former Tar Heel defensive teammates will be in the mix on opposite sidelines.

For Denver, nose tackle Sylvester Williams will be making his second appearance in the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. Williams played in Super Bowl 48 when the Broncos were trounced by Seattle. On the season Williams started 15 regular season games and two in the playoffs. He has three sacks, 25 tackles(18 of them solo).

On the other side, the 17-1 Carolina Panthers will have safety Tre Boston. Boston is a regular on special teams and was pressed into extended service on defense in the Panthers 49-15 win over Arizona in the NFC Championship. He was involved with two forced turnovers on Sunday recovering a Carson Palmer fumble then picking the Cardinal quarterback off late in the fourth quarter.  Boston's two turnover day came after he recorded a sack of Seattle's Russell Wilson last weekend.

The presence of both Williams and Boston in the NFL and the Super Bowl is another reminder that regardless of what you thought of Butch Davis, the man could spot NFL talent.