Although my interest in Super Bowl XLV started to evaporate around 7 p.m. Sunday night, the Big Ten still will be well represented Feb. 6 at JerryWorld.
The Big Ten is the only conference to have at least one player from every member institution participating in the Super Bowl. The league will send 18 former players to Arlington, Texas, second most behind the SEC (20) and ahead of the ACC (14), Big 12 (13), MAC (13) and Pac-10 (10).
Here's the rundown of former Big Ten players and coaches in Super Bowl XLV:
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Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Charles Woodson, CB, Michigan
A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State
Ryan Pickett, DL, Ohio State
Matt Wilhelm, LB, Ohio State
Andrew Quarless, TE, Penn State
Mike Neal, DE, Purdue
Mark Tauscher, OT, Wisconsin
Dom Capers, defensive coordinator (assistant at Ohio State from 1982-83)
Joe Philbin, offensive coordinator (assistant at Iowa from 1999-2002)
Ben McAdoo, tight ends coach (assistant at Michigan State in 2001)
Darren Perry, safeties coach (played at Penn State from 1988-91)
Mike Trgovac, defensive line coach (played at Michigan from 1977-80; assistant at Michigan from 1985-86)
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
Antwaan Randle El, WR, Indiana
Larry Foote, LB, Michigan
Ryan Mundy, S, Michigan
LaMarr Woodley, LB, Michigan
Flozell Adams, OT, Michigan State
Matt Spaeth, TE, Minnesota
Trai Essex, G, Northwestern
Will Allen, S, Ohio State
Jeremy Kapinos, P, Penn State
Dick LeBeau, defensive coordinator (played at Ohio State from 1956-58)
Randy Fichtner, quarterbacks (assistant at Purdue from 1985-86 and at Michigan from 1986-87)
Harold Goodwin, offensive assistant (played at Michigan from 1992-94; assistant at Michigan from 1995-96)
Kirby Wilson, wide receivers (played at Illinois from 1980-81)
Pretty good group overall.
If you're projecting the next Super Bowl MVP, you might want to look at this list. The Big Ten has produced the past two Super Bowl MVPs (former Purdue QB Drew Brees and former Ohio State WR Santonio Holmes) and four of the past nine winners.