Flowers played in every game as a rookie last season, but has been placed on Reserve/Injured list for 2015, due to shoulder injury ... Made a start last season as an injury replacement, at SLB, in playoff-clinching win Dec. 22 vs. Denver ... Began college career as super-size S and switched to LB prior to junior season.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in sixth round of 2014 NFL Draft (212th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-21-14 ... Waived (injured) by Bengals on 9-5-15 ... Reverted to Bengals (Reserve/Injured list) after clearing waivers on 9-6-15.
2015 recap: Appeared in all four preseason games, recording 10 tackles, but suffered shoulder injury in preseason finale and was placed prior to season opener on Reserve/Injured list.
2014: Played Games 1-16, and in Wild Card playoff ... In regular season, had five tackles on defense, three on special teams, a pass defensed and a QB hit ... Had five additional tackles on defense in playoff 1-4-15 at Indianapolis, seeing increased action following injury to LB Rey Maualuga ... Saw extensive action on defense on Oct. 19 at Indianapolis, following injury to WLB Vontaze Burfict, and recorded four tackles ... Recorded a pass defensed on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore, nearly intercepting a Joe Flacco pass, but juggling the ball as he went out of bounds ... Made first career NFL start on Dec. 22 vs. Denver, replacing injured Emmanuel Lamur at SLB, and recorded one tackle on defense and one on special teams.
College: Played four seasons (2010-13) at Arizona, seeing action in 50 games ... Had 35 starts, including every game as a junior and senior ... His busy career stat line includes 272 tackles, 27 tackles-for-loss, 7.5 sacks, five INTs, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and eight passes defensed ... Finished second on team in tackles (93) in 2013 as Arizona went 8-5, with Independence Bowl win over Boston College ... Helped lead Wildcats to 8-5 records with bowl wins in each of his last two seasons.
Personal: Hometown is Phoenix, Ariz. ... Attended Millennium High School, where he earned Class 5A All-State honors as a two-way senior ... Rushed for 1247 yards and 16 TDs as a senior, while logging 46 tackles and two INTs on defense ... Selected for U.S. Army All-America game following his senior campaign ... Majored at Arizona in social behavior and human understanding ... Has a son (Braylen) and a daughter (Alianah) ... First name is pronounced “mar-KEECE(rhymes with ‘peace’).”
Forget the downtown hotel bars or the Super Bowl Media Center work room or the teams’ headquarters. In the Communications Age when everyone is their own media entity, the center of it all is where all the microphones are and where people simply have to move from table to table to hit someone’s favorite sports talk show from Boston to Dubuque. You never know who'll see you on radio row.
SAN FRANCISCO - One Hall-of-Fame evaluator said Thursday the NFL’s best team isn’t here at this Super Bowl.
SAN FRANCISCO - This Super Bowl on Sunday (6:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) is about grandfathers and big brothers and nephews and beating cancer and winning state titles and favorite Bengals and making the West Side and the East Side proud all around town.
SAN FRANCISCO - They’re getting ready to play Super Bowl 50 about an hour down the road from here on Sunday and the greatest offensive lineman who ever lived is simply pleased to have played in two of them.