Jan. 23, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Super Bowl XLV matchup of the NFC champion Green Bay Packers and the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers will put six former University of Michigan football players in the battle for the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Sunday, Feb. 6, from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The Packers boast cornerback Charles Woodson (1995-97) and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac (1977-80) on their roster. The Steelers roster is also loaded defensively with outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (2003-06), inside linebacker Larry Foote (1998-2001) and safety Ryan Mundy (2003-06). The only offensive presence on either squad is Pittsburgh assistant offensive line coach Harold Goodwin (1992-95).
The Packers reached the Super Bowl for the fifth time in franchise history by defeating the Chicago Bears, 21-14, at Soldier Field in Chicago. Woodson recorded three tackles and had a 14-yard kickoff return in the clinching win. Former Wolverine quarterback Todd Collins (1991-94) came off the bench and played two third-quarter series for the Bears.
The Steelers earned their eighth trip to the world championship game by outlasting the Jets, 24-19, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Woodley registered three solo tackles, assisted on another stop, registered one sack and batted down a pass on Pittsburgh's goal line stand in the fourth quarter. Foote and Mundy both played on special teams and took snaps on defense. On the opposite sideline, former Wolverine linebacker David Harris (2003-06) led the Jets with seven solo stops and two assisted tackles. Wide receiver Braylon Edwards (2001-04) added three catches for 50 yards
Pittsburgh will be looking for its seventh Super Bowl title, while Green Bay will be seeking its fourth Super Bowl championship.
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