SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES
Eric Weems became the fourth former Bethune-Cookman University football player to advance to the Super Bowl when the Atlanta Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC championship game on Sunday.
Weems joins Larry Little (Super Bowls VI, VIII and VIII), Maulty Moore (Super Bowl VII) and Nick Collins (Super Bowl XLV) as Wildcats who have played for an NFL championship.
Little and Moore played in the Miami Dolphins’ undefeated team of 1972 that defeated the Washington Redskins, and Little went on to win his second Super Bowl the following year when the Dolphins repeated with a win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Collins had an interception return for a touchdown in the Green Bay Packers’ 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011.
Weems, a former Seabreeze High School Sandcrab and Wildcat star, is averaging 23 yards per kickoff return and 11.4 yards per punt return in his 10th NFL season. He also had a 73-yarder against Oakland earlier in the season.
On Jan. 22, he contributed one kickoff return for 23 yards and a punt return for 14 for the Falcons, who got 378 yards and four touchdown passes from Matt Ryan.
His Wildcat legacy includes 178 receptions, 2,533 receiving yards, a combined 24 touchdowns, a four-touchdown game against Savannah State in his 2003 debut, and a game-winning touchdown against Florida A&M in the 2006 Florida Classic.
Super Bowl LI is slated for Feb. 5 in Houston.