FB: Big Ten in NFL Playoffs

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With the National Football League (NFL) playoffs set to begin on Saturday, 78 former Big Ten standouts will be hoping to win the Super Bowl, including at least two former student-athletes on all 12 playoff squads. The Big Ten, ACC and SEC are the only conferences to feature 70 or more former players in the NFL playoffs. Ohio State and Michigan are two of seven schools to boast 14 or more former players in the NFL playoffs. The Buckeyes rank third among all schools with 16 former standouts while the Wolverines are tied for fourth with 14 former student-athletes. Future Big Ten member Nebraska is one of only 13 schools with 10 or more players taking part in the postseason. At least two players from each Big Ten school will be taking part in the playoffs.

A complete list of the former Big Ten players in the NFL playoffs appears below:

Atlanta Falcons 
Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Iowa
Michael Jenkins, WR, Ohio State
   
Baltimore Ravens 
Marshal Yanda, OG/OT, Iowa
Prescott Burgess, OLB, Michigan
Derrick Mason, WR, Michigan State
Brandon McKinney, DT, Michigan State
Kevin Houser, LS, Ohio State
   
Chicago Bears 
Todd Collins, QB, Michigan
Kellen Davis, TE, Michigan State
Nick Roach, LB, Northwestern
Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern
Anthony Adams, DT, Penn State
Robbie Gould, K, Penn State
   
Green Bay Packers 
Bryan Bulaga, OG/OT, Iowa
Charles Woodson, CB, Michigan
AJ Hawk, LB, Ohio State
Ryan Pickett, DE/NT, Ohio State
Matt Wilhelm, LB, Ohio State
Andrew Quarless, TE, Penn State
   
Indianapolis Colts 
Kelvin Hayden, DB, Illinois
Pat Angerer, LB, Iowa
Mike Hart, RB, Michigan
Blair White, WR, Michigan State
Nate Triplett, LB, Minnesota
Curtis Painter, QB, Purdue
   
Kansas City Chiefs 
Jon Asamoah, OL, Illinois
Tony Moeaki, TE, Iowa
Casey Wiegmann, C, Iowa
Mike Vrabel, LB, Ohio State
Donald Washington, DB, Ohio State
Tamba Hali, LB, Penn State
Chris Chambers, WR, Wisconsin
   
New England Patriots 
Tom Brady, QB, Michigan
Zoltan Mesko, P, Michigan
Brian Hoyer, QB, Michigan State
Rich Ohrnberger, OL, Penn State
Matt Light, OT, Purdue
Rob Ninkovich, LB, Purdue
Matt Katula, LS, Wisconsin
   
New Orleans Saints 
Danny Clark, LB, Illinois
Pierre Thomas, RB, Illinois
Tracy Porter, CB, Indiana
Adrian Arrington, WR, Michigan
Jonathan Goodwin, C, Michigan
Zach Strief, OT, Northwestern
Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
Will Smith, DE, Ohio State
Drew Brees, QB, Purdue
   
New York Jets 
Jeff Cumberland, TE, Illinois
Brandon Moore, OG, Illinois
Steve Weatherford, P, Illinois
Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa
Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan
David Harris, LB, Michigan
Eric Smith, S, Michigan State
Marquice Cole, CB, Northwestern
Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State
Ben Hartsock, TE, Ohio State
Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State
Nick Mangold, C, Ohio State
Dustin Keller, TE, Purdue
   
Philadelphia Eagles 
Jamar Adams, S, Michigan
Jason Avant, WR, Michigan
Mike Kafka, QB, Northwestern
Kurt Coleman, S, Ohio State
   
Pittsburgh Steelers 
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
Antwaan Randle El, WR, Indiana
Larry Foote, LB, Michigan
LaMarr Woodley, LB, Michigan
Flozell Adams, OT, Michigan State
Matt Spaeth, TE, Minnesota
Trai Essex, OG, Northwestern
Will Allen, S, Ohio State
Jeremy Kapinos, P, Penn State
   
Seattle Seahawks
Colin Cole, DT, Iowa
Jay Richardson, DE, Ohio State
Michael Robinson, RB, Penn State
Craig Terrill, DT, Purdue

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