Three former University of Michigan football players and two former staff members will participate in Super Bowl XLI held at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 4. Linebacker Cato June and cornerback Marlin Jackson will represent the AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts, and quarterback Brian Griese and assistant coaches Harold Goodwin and Mike Bajakian will represent the NFC Champion Chicago Bears in the quest for the Lombardi Trophy.
June and Jackson are making their first appearance in the Super Bowl. Jackson, in his second season with the Colts, preserved the team's third-ever trip to the Super Bowl with a game-ending interception of New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady -- also a former Wolverine -- with 24 seconds left in the game. Jackson was fifth on the team with a career-best 76 tackles during the regular season. June led the Colts with 162 tackles during the regular season and is tied for the team lead with 19 stops during the 2006 playoffs. He also tied a team high with three regular-season interceptions.
Griese is in his first season as the Bears' backup quarterback. He is making his second appearance in the Super Bowl; his first came as a rookie with the Denver Broncos in 1999. Griese played in six games for the Bears during the 2006 season, completing 18-of-32 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown.
Goodwin and Bajakian are in their third seasons as members of the Bears coaching staff. A former U-M player and a graduate assistant coach on the 1997 national championship team, Goodwin is an assistant offensive line coach. He played offensive line for the Wolverines from 1992-94 before becoming a student assistant coach for two seasons (1995-96). Bajakian is the team's offensive quality control coach. He spent three seasons with the Wolverines (2000-02), serving first as a video assistant and the final two seasons as an offensive graduate assistant coach.
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