Jan. 5, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan football program will be well represented in the upcoming NFL Playoffs with 24 former players participating in the action (22 players and two assistant coaches). Each of the Wolverines will be competing for a coveted spot in Super Bowl XLIV, set to be played on Sunday, Feb. 7, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Fla. (6:25 p.m. kickoff).
Eleven of the 22 players and one coach, Mike Trgovac with the Carolina Panthers, have participated in the Super Bowl. Indianapolis' Marlin Jackson and New England's Tom Brady are the only former Wolverines in the playoffs that have earned championship rings with victories in the Super Bowl.
Michigan is guaranteed to have at least one player representing the program from each AFC playoff team. There are 15 former U-M players overall in the AFC and nine on NFC rosters, including two assistant coaches. The only playoff team that the Wolverines are not represented on is the Dallas Cowboys.
Following are the Wolverines that qualified for the NFL playoffs (in order of NFL playoff seeds):
Indianapolis Colts: Mike Hart, RB; Marlin Jackson, CB*
San Diego Chargers: Jon Runyan, RT
New England Patriots: Tom Brady, QB; Shawn Crable, LB*; Pierre Woods, LB
Cincinnati Bengals: Carson Butler, TE; Leon Hall, CB; Dhani Jones, LB; Morgan Trent, CB
Baltimore Ravens: Prescott Burgess, LB; Andy Moeller, Asst. OL
New York Jets: Braylon Edwards, WR; Jay Feely, PK; David Harris, LB
New Orleans Saints: Adrian Arrington, WR^; Jonathan Goodwin, C
Minnesota Vikings: Steve Hutchinson, LG
Arizona Cardinals: Alan Branch, DT; Steve Breaston, WR; Gabe Watson, DT
Green Bay Packers: Charles Woodson, CB; Mike Trgovac, DL Coach
Philadelphia Eagles: Jason Avant, WR
* denotes player on injured reserve
^ denotes player on practice squad
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