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THIRTEEN FORMER BIG TEN PLAYERS AND COACHES CLAIM SUPER BOWL TITLE

February 4, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



Rosemont, Ill. - Former Ohio State assistant coach Pete Carroll was among a group of
13 former Big Ten players and coaches who were victorious with the Seattle Seahawks
in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, helping the team to its first Super Bowl title. The
Seattle head coach was one of nine former coaches and 13 student-athletes with
conference connections who appeared on the rosters of the Seahawks and Denver
Broncos.

Seven former Big Ten standouts from four different schools were crowned NFL
Champions, including Michigan State tight end Kellen Davis, Penn State fullback
Michael Robinson and defensive tackle Jordan Hill, Purdue defensive end Cliff Avril
and Wisconsin free safety Chris Maragos, linebacker O'Brien Schofield and
quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns, Avril
recorded three tackles, including one for loss, and Maragos and Schofield each
recorded a solo stop.

Eleven Big Ten schools were represented among the players and coaches in the Super
Bowl, including draft picks and undrafted free agents who entered the National
Football League (NFL) between 2004 and 2013. Wisconsin was tied for second among all
schools with four players on the rosters, followed by Michigan State, Penn State and
Purdue with two each. Four coaches in the game have ties to Michigan State, the most
among conference programs, while Ohio State has two coaches with Buckeye ties.

The Broncos had six former Big Ten players on their roster, each from different
schools. Minnesota wide receiver Eric Decker, Northwestern cornerback Marquice Cole,
Purdue defensive end Shaun Phillips and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball were
among the active roster, while Michigan State defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson and
Nebraska linebacker Stewart Bradley were on the injured reserve.

Carroll and eight other coaches among the Broncos' and Seahawks' coaching staffs
have ties to Big Ten schools. Carroll (secondary coach at Ohio State), offensive
coordinator Darrell Bevell (played at Wisconsin), assistant offensive line coach Pat
Ruel (assistant at Michigan State), running backs coach Sherman Smith (assistant at
Illinois), defensive quality control coach Robert Saleh (assistant at Michigan
State) and assistant strength and conditioning coach Mondray Gee (graduate assistant
at Michigan State) each have Big Ten ties. Broncos' offensive coordinator Adam Gase
(attended Michigan State), offensive line coach Dave Magazu (graduate assistant at
Michigan) and defensive line coach Jay Rodgers (played at Indiana and recruiting
intern at Ohio State) have also spent time with current Big Ten institutions.


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