Watching Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday will be tough for the 49ers Faithful. Many, including me, are still getting over the NFC Championship loss and all of the what-if’s. Despite bitterness towards football at the moment, like any good NFL fan I will be watching the Super Bowl. But that doesn’t mean I will be cheering for the Seahawks.
When you are watching the game on Sunday, some of the players on the Broncos and Seahawks roster will be familiar to 49ers fans.
On Denver’s side they have safety Mike Adams and wide receiver Nathan Palmer as former Niners players. Adams was signed as an undrafted free agent by the 49ers in 2004. In three seasons in San Francisco, Adams started 18 games and recorded five interceptions and 147 tackles. He joined the Broncos in 2012 after being with the Browns for the 2007-2011 seasons.
Palmer was also signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent, however, before the 2012 season. He was signed off San Francisco’s practice squad that year by the Indianapolis Colts. This season, Palmer was signed to the Miami Dolphins practice squad in October, before he was picked up by the Broncos. Since Palmer is a member of the practice squad he will not be playing on Sunday. But he will be on the sidelines.
Denver has five former 49ers coaches on their staff, two of which include offensive coordinator Adam Gase and quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp.
Former San Francisco players on the field for Seattle on Sunday include fullback Michael Robinson, safety Chris Maragos and wide receiver Ricardo Lockette. Robinson was drafted by the 49ers in 2006 and he played four seasons for the team. Before the start of the 2010 regular season, he was cut by former head coach Mike Singletary. He has spent the past four seasons on the Seahawks roster.
Maragos signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie in 2010 and played in three games. After that season, he signed with Seattle and has become one of their best special-teams players.
Lockette should be familiar to Niner fans even though he never played in a game in two seasons (2011-2012) with the team. Last offseason, he and Colin Kaepernick lived and trained together. Despite that and the talent Lockette possessed, he was cut by the 49ers before the start of the season. In October, the Seahawks signed him and he saw action in eight games.
On the Seahawks’ coaching staff, there are five coaches who have either played or coached for the 49ers. Two of the highlights are head coach Peter Carroll and former 49ers linebacker Ken Norton Jr. Norton is looking to win his fourth Super Bowl ring as a player or coach.