Written By Wake Forest Sports Information Dept.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Former Wake Forest All-American and current Denver Broncos offensive lineman Steve Vallos will get his chance to compete on football's biggest stage after he and the Broncos earned a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII.
Vallos is a reserve offensive lineman who has been active for all but one of Denver's 18 games this season, including the playoffs. Vallos and the Broncos beat the New England Patriots 26-16 on Sunday to earn a trip to the Super Bowl where they will face the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Vallos and the Denver offensive line helped pave the way for quarterback Peyton Manning to break the NFL single-season records for passing yards and touchdown passes in 2013.
Vallos is set to become the 14th all-time Demon Deacon to play in the Super Bowl and the first since defensive lineman Fred Robbins won Super Bowl XLII with the New York Giants. A total of nine former Deacons have won Super Bowl titles, including Ed Bradley, Jim Clack, George Coghill and Ricky Proehl who each won two championships. Coghill won his two titles with the Broncos.
Former Deacon offensive lineman Joe Looney was a part of San Francisco's Super Bowl team last season but was inactive for the game. Looney and the 49ers fell to the Seahawks on Sunday in the NFC title game.
Vallos will be matched up against the Seahawks, who drafted the Wake Forest product in the seventh round in 2006. Vallos was a first team All-American and first team All-ACC selection in 2006, helping the Deacons to the ACC title and a berth in the Orange Bowl. Vallos has played for five teams over his six-year NFL career, including the Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Broncos.
Wake Forest Sports Information Dept.