Former Big Ten Players Set to Compete in NFL Playoffs

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With the NFL playoffs beginning on Saturday, 90 former student-athletes from current Big Ten schools appear on the active rosters of the playoff teams. The Big Ten has at least four players on each playoff roster and every Big Ten school is represented, including nine schools with five or more standouts taking the field during the postseason.

Ohio State leads all Big Ten teams with 14 former student-athletes taking the field, while Illinois has 13 former players on NFL rosters. Iowa and Penn State are tied for third in the conference with 11 standouts each. Wisconsin will be represented by 10 student-athletes, while Michigan has nine players on playoff rosters.

Green Bay leads all playoff squads with 10 former Big Ten standouts on the active roster, including three each from the Hawkeyes and Buckeyes. Carolina, Cincinnati, New England and Philadelphia feature nine Big Ten players, while San Diego has eight.

Five Big Ten student-athletes on postseason teams were also selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl, including quarterbacks Tom Brady (New England-Michigan), Drew Brees (New Orleans-Purdue) and Russell Wilson (Seattle-Wisconsin) and linebackers NaVorro Bowman (San Francisco-Penn State) and Tamba Hali (Kansas City-Penn State).

The full list of former Big Ten student-athletes on NFL playoff rosters is below:

Carolina Panthers
Colin Cole, Iowa
Charles Godfrey, Iowa
Marvin McNutt, Iowa
Ted Ginn, Ohio State
Ben Hartsock, Ohio State
Dan Connor, Penn State
Michael Zordich, Penn State
Kawann Short, Purdue
Brad Nortman, Wisconsin

Cincinnati Bengals
Larry Black, Indiana
Leon Hall, Michigan
Kyle Cook, Michigan State
Domata Peko, Michigan State
Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
Mike Nugent, Ohio State
Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State
Devon Still, Penn State
Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin

Denver Broncos
Kevin Vickerson, Michigan State
Eric Decker, Minnesota
Steward Bradley, Nebraska
Shaun Phillips, Purdue
Montee Ball, Wisconsin

Green Bay Packers
Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
Mike Daniels, Iowa
Micah Hyde, Iowa
Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
A.J. Hawk, Ohio State
Ryan Pickett, Ohio State
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State
Andrew Quarless, Penn State
Mike Neal, Purdue
Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin

Indianapolis Colts
Vontae Davis, Illinois
Hugh Thornton, Illinois
Pat Angerer, Iowa
Dan Herron, Ohio State

Kansas City Chiefs
Jeff Allen, Illinois
Jon Asamoah, Illinois
A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
Junior Hemingway, Michigan
Ricky Henry, Nebraska
Tamba Hali, Penn State

New England Patriots
Michael Buchanan, Illinois
Justin Green, Illinois
Michael Hoomanawanui, Illinois
Tavon Wilson, Illinois
Markus Zusevics, Iowa
Tom Brady, Michigan
Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska
Nate Ebner, Ohio State
Rob Ninkovich, Purdue

New Orleans Saints
Glenn Foster, Illinois
Pierre Thomas, Illinois
Zach Strief, Northwestern
Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
Will Smith, Ohio State
Drew Brees, Purdue
Nick Toon, Wisconsin

Philadelphia Eagles
Arrelious Benn, Illinois
Bradley Fletcher, Iowa
Matt Tobin, Iowa
Julian Vandervelde, Iowa
Jason Avant, Michigan
Brandon Graham, Michigan
Alex Henery, Nebraska
Kurt Coleman, Ohio State
Dennis Kelly, Purdue

San Diego Chargers
Corey Liuget, Illinois
Jonas Mouton, Michigan
Stephen Schilling, Michigan
Rich Ohrnberger, Penn State
Johnnie Troutman, Penn State
Nick Hardwick, Purdue
Jake Byrne, Wisconsin
Marcus Cromartie, Wisconsin

San Francisco 49ers
Jonathan Goodwin, Michigan
Mario Manningham, Michigan
Garrett Celek, Michigan State
Alex Boone, Ohio State
Donte Whitner, Ohio State
NaVorro Bowman, Penn State
Nathan Stupar, Penn State

Seattle Seahawks
Kellen Davis, Michigan State
Jordan Hill, Penn State
Michael Robinson, Penn State
Cliff Avril, Purdue
Chris Maragos, Wisconsin
O'Brien Schofield, Wisconsin
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin



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