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Rams have 3 'Super' connections

January 23, 2009

The Super Bowl is arguably the biggest stage in sports, and while no former CSU players will be on the field Sunday, Feb. 1, two former Rams players and one staff member will have played a key role for their teams in making it to the NFL's biggest show.

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Former Rams defensive end Clark Haggans is currently on injured reserve, but with an Arizona victory, he will win his second Super Bowl ring.

Haggans played in 11 games, made 19 tackles and had one sack this season, helping the Cardinals win the NFC West title before a sprained left foot forced him to the sidelines.

Haggans signed with the Arizona as a free agent in the offseason after eight years with Pittsburgh, where he was a starter when the Steelers won Super Bowl XL, totaling five tackles and one sack in the contest.

In his pro career, Haggans has made 334 tackles and recorded 33.5 sacks. He originally came to CSU as a walk-on, but left CSU in 1999 as the Rams’ career leader in sacks with 34. In his senior season Haggans was named first-team all-Mountain West, leading the Rams to a Liberty Bowl berth, and he had 11 sacks in 1997 while helping the Rams win the Holiday Bowl.

The last time Haggans was playing for a Super Bowl championship he was on the same side as former CSU teammate Raymond Jackson, but that won’t be the case this season.

Ray Jackson

Jackson, who began coaching for Pittsburgh in 2005, is in charge of player development and also is an assistant coach for the Steelers.

Jackson starred on the Rams’ back-to-back Holiday Bowl squads in 1995 and 1996 before playing in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills (1995-98) and Cleveland Browns (1998-2001). He was all-Western Athletic Conference in 1995 and holds the CSU career record for interceptions with 18 and won the “Good Works” award from the College Football Association for his work in the community.

Justin Casey

Haggans will have one former CSU football staffer on his side in Cardinals football administrator Justin Casey. He served as the Rams video coordinator for more than two seasons (2001-2003) and is now responsible for contract negotiations and salary cap management for the NFC champions.

Contact: Matt Pucak
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