Fourteen Big Ten products win Super Bowl rings

Fourteen former Big Ten players will be fitted for rings after the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots, 21-17, Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVI (AP recap). Ex-Michigan WR Mario Manningham highlighted the group with five receptions for 73 yards, including a ridiculous 38-yard grab (watch the catch!) that helped set up New York’s game-winning score in the final minute. See how all Big Ten products did in the Super Bowl in this post.

The Big Ten ties extended to the New York coaching staff, too, as Pat Flaherty (Penn State & Iowa assistant), Peter Giunta (Penn State assistant), Jim Herrmann, (Michigan player & assistant) and Jerald Ingram (Michigan player & GA) also won rings.

Also, former Michigan State star linebacker handed out a ring Sunday night, proposing to his college sweetheart on the field following the Giants’ win.

New York Giants
WR Mario Manningham, Michigan: 5 rec., 73 yards
TE Jake Ballard, Ohio State: 2 rec., 10 yards
P Steve Weatherford, Illinois: 4 punts, 40.8 AVG; set Super Bowl record for most punts inside opp’s 10 (3)
CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska*: 1 tackle
C David Baas, Michigan: No stats compiled
TE Travis Beckum, Wisconsin: No stats compiled
T James Brewer, Indiana: No stats compiled
C Jim Cordle, Ohio State: No stats compiled
T David Diehl, Illinois: No stats compiled
LB Greg Jones, Michigan State: No stats compiled
DT Jimmy Kennedy, Penn State: No stats compiled
T Kareem McKenzie, Penn State: No stats compiled
S Tyler Sash, Iowa: No stats compiled
WR Devin Thomas, Michigan State: No stats compiled
* — Played at Nebraska while it was a member of the Big 12

New England Patriots
QB Tom Brady, Michigan: 27-41, 276 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT | Watch Brady’s Super Bowl XLVI highlights
LB Rob Ninkovich, Purdue: 4 tackles, 0.5 sacks
P Zoltan Mesko, Michigan: 3 punts, 41 AVG
LB Niko Koutouvides, Purdue: No stats compiled
T Matt Light, Purdue: No stats compiled
QB Brian Hoyer, Michigan State: No stats compiled

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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jon on 2/6/2012 @ 12:29am EDT Said:

Would you ron’s (moron’s) stop listing
players from little nebby that were NOT members of
The B1G?
This gives you little to no credibility.

    BTN.com staff on 2/6/2012 @ 11:34am EDT Said:

    Yes, we understand your point. We hear this as well for some of our historical programming. The fact is these schools are now Big Ten institutions. and we think these things are of interest to fans of those schools. Nothing more. Thanks for the note.

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