Brad Rock: Kyle Whittingham hoping to capitalize on the Utes' Super Bowl exposure

Published: Saturday, Feb. 2 2013 5:25 p.m. MST

Who indeed — except all those bowl-happy 49ers fans.

Whittingham considered joining those fans at this year's Super Bowl. Not only would he have seen the aforementioned players; he would have been back in New Orleans, where he played for the USFL's Breakers. He returned with the Utes for the 2009 Sugar Bowl, where they fashioned a convincing win over Alabama.

Alas, Letter of Intent week got in the way of a nostalgic reunion.

Still, having players in Sunday's game has an appeal of its own. Also playing will be All-Pro Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, a former University of Oregon star. Ngata spends the off-seasons in Salt Lake and works out at the University of Utah.

"He's our adopted Ute," Whittingham said.

The natural born Utes can take it from there.

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