Jan. 25, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Six former University of Michigan football players or coaches will participate in Super Bowl XLIV, slated for Sunday, Feb. 7, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Fla. This will be the second Super Bowl appearance for the Indianapolis Colts organization in five years and the New Orleans Saints will be making their inaugural appearance in the NFL's championship game.
The Colts' roster boasts running back Mike Hart (2004-2007) and cornerback Marlin Jackson (2001-04). The New Orleans Saints' roster includes center Jonathan Goodwin (1999-2002) and wide receiver Adrian Arrington (2004-07) on the field and assistant coaches Mike Mallory and Terry Malone.
The Colts punched a return trip to Miami with a 30-17 victory over the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The organization claimed its first-ever NFL championship with a victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XL in Miami.
The New Orleans Saints claimed the other spot in Super Bowl XLIV, surviving a back-and-forth affair with a 31-28 overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. The Saints took the opening possession of overtime and scored the game-winning points on a 40-yard field goal by kicker Garrett Hartley.
A second-year back with the Colts, Hart had a three-yard run for the AFC champions. He played both at tailback and fullback, and was the Colts' red-zone back on three series. In addition to Hart, Jackson is on the Colts' injured reserve after hurting his knee four games into the season.
All three former Wolverines with the Jets played well in the AFC Championship game. Wide receiver Braylon Edwards (2001-04) caught the game's first touchdowns on an 80-yard pass from Mark Sanchez in the second quarter. Edwards finished the contest with two receptions for a team-high 100 yards and the one score. Linebacker David Harris (2003-06) paced the defensive effort with 11 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. Kicker Jay Feely (1995-98) converted a 48-yard field goal and two PATs during the Jets' second-quarter scoring output.
In the NFL Championship game, Goodwin started at center for the Saints and helped the offensive line hold the sack-happy Vikings to just one in the contest. He also helped the offense move down the field on a 10-play, 39-yard drive in overtime for the clinching points. In addition to Goodwin, Arrington was activated from the practice squad this week but did not see game action. Former U-M linebacker Mike Mallory (1982-85) is in the second season as the Saints' assistant special teams coach and former U-M offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Terry Malone is in his fourth season as the Saints' tight end coach.
Minnesota Vikings All-Pro left guard Steve Hutchinson (1996-2000) started and helped the Vikings offense score four touchdowns (three rushing, one passing) in regulation and rack up 475 yards of total offense and consume 36:45 in time of possession. The Vikings did not receive a possession in overtime after losing the coin toss as the Saints took the ball down the field for the game-winning field goal.
Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423