Tom Brady, James White fuel New England's Super Bowl LI comeback

Tom Brady, James White fuel New England's Super Bowl LI comeback

It was a record-setting night for a pair of former Big Ten players Sunday in a memorable Super Bowl LI.

Tom Brady (Michigan) had a night for the ages, while James White (Wisconsin) had the performance of his career to help New England erase a 25-point deficit en route to a 34-28 overtime win in Houston.

Let’s start with the Super Bowl regular, Brady. You ready for all of this? OK, here’s what Brady accomplished:

  • First quarterback to win five Super Bowls.
  • First player to win four Super Bowl MVP awards.
  • Broke record for most completions (43) in Super Bowl.
  • Broke record for passing yards (466 yards) in Super Bowl.

Now, let’s take a look at White’s record-setting day:

  • Broke record for most receptions (14) in Super Bowl.
  • Set record for most points (20 – 3 TD & 2-PT) in Super Bowl.
  • First player with two rushing TD and one receiving TD in Super Bowl.

Not a Super Bowl record, but White, who scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime, also finished with 139 total yards, including 110 through the air.

Watch Brady and White’s highlights below.


Another Super Bowl LI stat: Ex-Big Ten stars had a hand in each of the final five touchdowns. Tevin Coleman (Indiana) started the streak with this short scoring strike, to put Atlanta up 28-3. Coleman totaled 35 yards before suffering an injury.

Here’s how other Big Ten names fared:

Ricardo Allen (Purdue): 7 tackles
Jonathan Babineaux (Iowa): 1 tackle
Alan Branch (Michigan): 3 tackles, 0.5 sacks
Nate Ebner (Ohio State): 1 tackle
Ra’Shede Hageman (Minnesota): 2 tackles
Chris Hogan (Penn State, lacrosse): 4 rec., 57 yards
Rob Ninkovich (Purdue): 2 tackles

– Italics indicate Super Bowl winner

One final Big Ten-Super Bowl note:


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