Former Big Ten Players and Coaches Set to Compete in Super Bowl XLV
Jan. 25, 2011
The Big Ten Conference will be well-represented on Sunday, Feb. 6, in Super Bowl XLV with 18 former student-athletes and nine coaches with previous conference connections on the rosters of the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Big Ten is the only conference to feature at least one former player from every institution in the Super Bowl. The Big Ten and the SEC (20 players) are the only conferences with 18 or more players on the two Super Bowl squads, followed by the ACC (14), Big 12 (13), MAC (13) and Pac-10 (10). The Big Ten has also produced the last two Super Bowl Most Valuable Players in former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees (Super Bowl XLIV Champion New Orleans) and Ohio State wide receiver Santonio Holmes (Super Bowl XLIII Champion Pittsburgh).
The Packers have eight former Big Ten players from six different schools on their roster, including six standouts on the active roster. Hawkeye offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, Wolverine cornerback Charles Woodson, Buckeye linebackers A.J. Hawk and Matt Wilhelm and defensive lineman Ryan Pickett and Nittany Lion tight end Andrew Quarless highlight Green Bay’s roster, while Purdue defensive end Mike Neal and Wisconsin offensive tackle Mark Tauscher are on the team’s injured reserve list.
Nine assistant coaches with Big Ten ties will take part in Super Bowl XLV, including five members of Green Bay’s staff and four members of Pittsburgh’s staff. The Packers’ offensive and defensive coordinators are both linked to Big Ten schools, as offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was an assistant coach at Iowa from 1999-2002 and defensive coordinator Dom Capers was an assistant at Ohio State from 1982-83. Other coaches with a connection to the Big Ten include tight ends coach Ben McAdoo (assistant at Michigan State), safeties coach Darren Perry (played at Penn State) and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac (played and served as an assistant at Michigan). Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau played at Ohio State from 1956-58. Other members of the Steelers’ coaching staff who will be representing the conference are quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner (assistant at Purdue and Michigan), offensive assistant Harold Goodwin (played and served as an assistant at Michigan) and wide receivers coach Kirby Wilson (played at Illinois).
The complete list of Big Ten players and coaches set to participate in Super Bowl XLV appears below:
Green Bay Packers (8)
Pittsburgh Steelers (10)
* Injured Reserve