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Haitian-American Football Player Ricky Jean-Francois Superbowl XLVII Debut

Congratulation on a good game Niners!

So, Haiti made it on the Super Bowl Stage for a second straight year. Last year, it was the New York Giants’ Jason-Pierre Paul. Now, it’s Ricky Jean-Francois.

For the second straight year, a defensive lineman for the NFC champions is of Haitian descent. The 6’3” Jean-Francois, a Haitian-American nose tackle who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2009 draft, makes his Super Bowl debut Sunday after a season in which he recorded two sacks and 22 tackles in 16 games.Jean-Francois, a Miami native, helped drive fundraising for relief efforts in Haiti following the the earthquake in January 2010. (In fact, Baltimore Ravens special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo also helped persuade his teammates in 2010 to raise money for Doctors Without Borders’ work in Haiti.) And for Jean-Francois, Haiti remains very much on his mind in New Orleans.

“Shout to all my #Haitians around the league an everywhere else,” he wrote on Twitter ahead of the game. “I love my country #Haiti this for you.”

Of course, Jean-Francois is even better known to the locals in New Orleans after starring for Louisiana State University. – source


49ers defensive end Ricky Jean Francois spoke with Tracy Wolfson about finally visiting the French Quarter as well as the possibility of winning the Super Bowl in the same building he won a national title in.


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