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Mark Barron could be ninth player of Saban era at UA to win a Super Bowl

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Let this sink in for both fans and future recruits. 

Eight players that went through the University of Alabama in the era of Nick Saban as head coach have at least one Super Bowl ring.

The duo of Courtney Upshaw and Terrence Cody got theirs with the Baltimore Ravens; Dont’a Hightower, Cyrus Jones and DeAndrew White earned theirs with the New England Patriots; James Carpenter and Jesse Williams received theirs as members of the Seattle Seahawks; and Chance Warmack won his with the Philadelphia Eagles. 

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For an individual that hails from the coastal part of Alabama, a hotbed in recruiting at one point in time, Mark Barron could be the ninth player to capture a Vince Lombardi Trophy.  

He will play in Super Bowl 53 on Sunday as the Los Angeles Rams battle the Patriots inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. A former first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012, Barron has spent the last five seasons at inside/outside linebacker for the Rams. 

He was fourth on the team in total tackles (60) and recorded 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one pass breakup and one forced fumble. After creating a huge name at St. Paul’s Episcopal High School in Mobile, Ala., Barron would become a two-time All-American (2010-11) and three-time All-SEC first team selection from 2009 to 2011.

He was a member of two BCS national championship teams (2009, 2011) and led the Tide with seven interceptions in 2009 as a freshman. 

Barron will get an opportunity to snatch a Super Bowl from Tom Brady.

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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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