More than 2,000 men have earned a football letter from Auburn, and Bynes is the only one who can claim both pieces of jewelry, a statistic revealed by the Auburn media relations staff Sunday night.
Bynes is in his second year as a Ravens linebacker, and while he mostly toiled on the practice squad his rookie season, he made 34 tackles in 10 regular-season games – including 13 against the Denver Broncos in Week 15 – when he got his opportunity filling in for the injured Ray Lewis.
Bynes only recorded two tackles in four Baltimore postseason games, but the second was a big one – taking down Ted Ginn Jr. on a punt return after time expired, sealing the Ravens’ 34-31 Super Bowl XLVII triumph over the San Francisco 49ers. Bynes celebrated the tackle by pumping his fist to the sky and screaming, while his teammates joyfully flooded the field at the Superdome in New Orleans.
This is not the first time Bynes helped a team win its second championship. A four-year linebacker at Auburn from 2007-10, Bynes was part of Auburn’s first national title since 1957, finishing with 73 tackles (5.5 for a loss) and three interceptions for a second-team all-SEC campaign and BCS championship in 2010.
A native of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., Bynes led the Tigers in tackles both in 2009 and 2010, playing in the 2011 Senior Bowl. He went undrafted that following spring by the Ravens.
According to Auburn’s media relations, Bynes is just the 17th player to collect a BCS championship, SEC championship and Super Bowl title. This is the sixth consecutive year the Super Bowl champion featured a former Auburn player.