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Former Alabama safety Mark Barron headed to first-ever Super Bowl

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Head coach Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints are sick to their stomachs following a loss to the Los Angeles Rams, which featured multiple calls that did not go to the Saints. 

Despite the disappoint in a 26-23 overtime defeat at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, one of the first ambassadors of Together Assisting People under founder, Chris Rogers, is heading to his first-ever Super Bowl.

For Mark Barron, the former University of Alabama safety captured an NFC Championship and will represent the crimson and white in Atlanta for Super Bowl 53 as a member of the Rams.

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A former first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2012 NFL Draft, Barron has been with the Rams since 2014 and has become a stalwart at inside linebacker. He posted nine total tackles – including seven solo stops versus New Orleans. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound enforcer was exceptional in run support, limiting the Saints to 48 yards rushing on 21 carries. 

Mark Ingram, another Crimson Tide product, could not get loose as Barron rendered him to just 31 yards on nine attempts. His nine stops were a season-high for him in 2018, while giving him eight games (regular season and playoffs) where he totaled at least six tackles.  

While much of the credit goes to the 32-year-old genius in Sean McVay, Barron knows a lot about performing well in marquee games. He was a two-time BCS national champion at Alabama (2009, 2011) and two weeks from now, the 29-year-old will have an opportunity to add Super Bowl champion to his resume.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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