Feb. 4, 2013
Twelve former Big Ten players and coaches helped the Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, February 3. The Big Ten was well-represented in the Super Bowl with 19 former student-athletes and 11 coaches with conference connections on the rosters of the Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
Every Big Ten school was represented among the players and coaches in the Super Bowl. Ohio State was tied for third among all schools with four players, followed by Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State with two each. San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh played at Michigan, while Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh was an assistant coach at Indiana.
The six former Big Ten standouts to earn Super Bowl rings with the Ravens were Illinois offensive lineman Jack Cornell, Indiana wide receiver Tandon Doss, Iowa safety Sean Considine and guard/tackle Marshal Yanda, Nebraska punter Sam Koch and Purdue safety Bernard Pollard. Yanda started at right guard, Pollard collected two solo tackles and Koch averaged 47.0 yards on three punts and also ran eight seconds off the clock by taking a safety to leave only four seconds remaining in the game.
Thirteen former Big Ten standouts appeared on the 49ers roster in Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, Michigan center Jonathan Goodwin and wide receiver Mario Manningham, Michigan State tight end Garrett Celek and safety Trenton Robinson, Northwestern guard Al Netter, Ohio State guard/tackle Alex Boone, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., linebacker Larry Grant and safety Donte Whitner, Penn State linebackers NaVorro Bowman and Nate Stupar and Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien. Goodwin and Boone both started on the offensive line, Ginn had a key 32-yard punt return in the third quarter to spark San Francisco’s comeback, Bowman posted nine tackles and two tackles for loss and Whitner recorded eight defensive stops.
Both head coaches and nine of the Ravens’ and 49ers’ assistant coaches have ties to Big Ten schools. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (assistant at Indiana), assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg (assistant at Minnesota), offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell (played at Iowa, assistant at Northwestern and Penn State), defensive coordinator Dean Pees (assistant at Michigan State), secondary coach Teryl Austin (assistant at Michigan), and offensive line coach Andy Moeller (played at Michigan and Wolverines’ assistant coach) each have Big Ten ties. 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh (played at Michigan), quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst (assistant at Wisconsin), assistant secondary coach Greg Jackson (assistant at Wisconsin), linebackers coach Jim Leavitt (assistant at Iowa) and running backs coach Tom Rathman (played at Nebraska) have also spent time with current Big Ten institutions.