Former MGCCC Bulldogs Super Bowl bound
January 23, 2013
PERKINSTON---In 2007, Tramaine Brock and Terrence Cody helped lead Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to a perfect 12-0 record and an NJCAA National Championship.
A little more than five years later, Brock and Cody will suit up on opposing sides of the field at Super Bowl 47 in New Orleans Feb. 3.
Brock, a Long Beach, MS. Native, is in his third season at defensive back with the San Francisco Forty-Niners while Cody is in his third season at nose guard for the Baltimore Ravens.
Both began their college careers at Gulf Coast. Both are now reaching the pinnacle of their pro careers a 90-minute drive away from A.L. May Memorial Stadium on the college’s Perkinston Campus.
“It’s definitely special,” said Gulf Coast head football coach Steve Campbell. He and longtime Bulldog defensive coaches Steve Davis and Stevon Moore coached Brock and Cody for two years and took their raw talent and molded both of them into top college prospects.
“We had no idea what we had when we got T.C.,” Campbell added. “We knew he was strong and athletic. He came onto the junior college scene and blossomed as a sophomore.”
Cody was an NJCAA All-American in 2007 and went on to help Nick Saban and Alabama when a National Championship. By that time, the 6-4, 349 pounder was a Crimson Tide folk hero of sorts known as “Mount Cody”. Baltimore drafted him in the second round (57th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Meanwhile, Brock’s road to the NFL’S promised land took a different route. After intercepting seven passes for Gulf Coast during the 2007 NJCAA Championship run, Brock transferred to the University of Minnesota and played there as a junior. He then came back closer to home and played his senior season at Belhaven College in Jackson.
“Tramaine was a huge part of that 2007 team,” Campbell said. “His work ethic back then helped him get to the next level, and that same desire to compete at a high level has helped him play for a team that’s going to the Super Bowl.”
Brock earned that chance after signing as an undrafted free agent with San Francisco in 2010. According to the Forty-Niner’s media guide, Brock became the first undrafted rookie free agent to make the team’s opening day roster in 2010 in five years. Brock, Cody, and current Buffalo Bills linebacker Chris White were all part of the Bulldogs’ 2007 defensive squad.
Now Brock and Cody, two championship-caliber players that once helped Gulf Coast to a perfect season are now both involved in the NFL’S premier game. With that in mind, which team do Bulldog fans root for in the Super Bowl?
“That’s a good question,” Campbell added. “I think we’re in good shape either way.”