Big Ten well represented in Super Bowl XLVI

As many as 20 Big Ten products will participate in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, headlined by New England QB Tom Brady (Michigan), a three-time Super Bowl winner and two-time Super Bowl MVP. Brady is the biggest name, by far, but it’s the New York Giants who have the most Big Ten players (14 players to six). See all the Big Ten products in the Super Bowl in this post.

New York Giants
CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska*
C David Baas, Michigan
TE Jake Ballard, Ohio State
TE Travis Beckum, Wisconsin
T James Brewer, Indiana
C Jim Cordle, Ohio State
T David Diehl, Illinois
LB Greg Jones, Michigan State
DT Jimmy Kennedy, Penn State
WR Mario Manningham, Michigan
T Kareem McKenzie, Penn State
S Tyler Sash, Iowa
WR Devin Thomas, Michigan State
P Steve Weatherford, Illinois
* — Amukamara played at Nebraska while it was a member of the Big 12

New England Patriots
QB Tom Brady, Michigan
QB Brian Hoyer, Michigan State
LB Niko Koutouvides, Purdue
T Matt Light, Purdue
P Zoltan Mesko, Michigan
LB Rob Ninkovich, Purdue

By school: Illinois (2), Indiana (1), Iowa (1), Michigan (4), Michigan State (3), Nebraska (1), Ohio State (2), Penn State (2), Purdue (3), Wisconsin (1).

On IR, but on the team: G Rich Ohrnberger (Penn State) and LB Jeff Tarpinian (Iowa) are on injured reserve for New England.

One-time Big Ten players: New England RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis and QB Ryan Mallett attended Indiana and Michigan before transferring to Mississippi and Arkansas, respectively.

Random factoid: A Big Ten product has accounted for a TD in the Super Bowl every year since the 2002 game. During that span, a Big Ten player has played a role in the game-winning score three times: Drew Brees TD pass (2010, 5:42 4Q), Santonio Holmes TD catch (2009, 0:39 4Q) and Plaxico Burress TD catch (2008, 0:35 4Q).

Coaches: New England – Brian Ferentz, Tight Ends (Played at Iowa from 2001-05), Pepper Johnson, Defensive Line (Played at Ohio State from 1982-85), Josh McDaniels, Offensive Assistant (Graduate Assistant at Michigan State in 1999), Bill O’Brien, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (Incoming Penn State head coach); New York Giants – Pat Flaherty, Offensive Line (Assistant at Penn State from 1982-83; Assistant at Iowa in 1999), Peter Giunta, Secondary/Cornerbacks (Assistant at Penn State from 1981-83), Jim Herrmann, Linebackers (Played at Michigan from 1980-82; Assistant at Michigan from 1985-2005), Jerald Ingram, Running Backs (Played at Michigan from 1979-81; Graduate Assistant at Michigan in 1984)

The Giants and Patriots will meet in the Super Bowl at 6 p.m. ET Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Brent Yarina is a web editor and blogger for BTN.com. Find all of his work here and follow him on twitter at @BTNBrentYarina.

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Rick Brown on 1/23/2012 @ 5:10pm EDT Said:

Don’t forget Penn State’s new head football coach, Bill O’Brien, will coach his last game as Patriots Offensive Coordinator in the Super Bowl.

STEVE KING on 1/24/2012 @ 11:40am EDT Said:

Interesting BUT why did you refer to the players as “products”? Graduates would be prefered but they may not all have graduated. So, I would have rather you used the word “players” and not “products”. I enjoy BTN very much !!

    BTN.com staff on 1/24/2012 @ 12:21pm EDT Said:

    Fair question. We’ve heard it before. We find that it’s a term that is used not just in athletics. “He’s a product of the engineering program” or “She’s a product of the journalism program” but we don’t cover those fields as much as we do athletics. We’ve also assumed over the years that it also covers any student who attended the school but, for one reason or another, may not have graduated. In this sense, the term “product” has a broader meaning, but then so does “former players.” Good note, thanks again.