February 1, 2012

Color The Super Bowl Brown

Boston Globe Story On DeOssie

 

Providence, Rhode Island - Brown University will be well represented at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Sunday, February 5, with Zak DeOssie '07 playing for the New York Giants, Bill O'Brien '93 calling the plays as the Offensive Coordinator of the New England Patriots, and ESPN's Chris Berman '77 being, well, Chris Berman.

 

DeOssie will be playing in his second Super Bowl with the Giants and is a two-time All-Pro selection.  The Giants' long snapper, DeOssie is also the squad's Special Teams Captain. A two-year finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's top defensive player at Brown, DeOssie is a three-time first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection. A dominant defensive force, DeOssie led the Bears' defensive unit with 110 total tackles in 2006, including 68 solo stops, second best in the nation. He finished his Brown career with 315 total tackles.

 

O'Brien was a defensive end for the Brown football team from 1990-1992 and an assistant coach for the Bears in 1993 and 1994.  He joined the New England Patriots staff in 2007, and became the team's quarterback coach and offensive play-caller following the 2008 season, working closely with All-Pro quarterback Tom Brady. O'Brien was named the team's offensive coordinator in 2011.  He was recently named the head football coach at Penn State University, replacing Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno, Brown Class of 1950.

 

Berman, nicknamed "The Boomer," has been a staple at ESPN since 1979 and is one the most recognizable sports broadcasters in America.  He is a six time National Sportscasters and Sports Writers Association Sportscaster of the Year.  Berman is the host of NFL Monday Countdown, Major League Baseball on ESPN and a myriad of other ESPN productions. His claim to fame is being the radio voice of Brown's 1976 Ivy League Championship Football team.