NFC South will be on stage in Green Bay

The New Orleans Saints won’t be the only NFC South connection to Thursday night’s game at Lambeau Field.

The NFL just announced that 32 NFL alumni will take part in a pregame ceremony in which each will hold his team’s flag. Those players will form a chute onto the field with the AFC on one side and the NFC on the other. Green Bay Hall of Famer Bart Starr will walk through that gauntlet holding the Green Bay flag, followed by the Packers. A banner commemorating Green Bay’s Super Bowl XLV championship will be displayed.

The alumni representing the NFC South are Atlanta’s Steve Bartkowski, Carolina’s Muhsin Muhammad, New Orleans’ Deuce McAllister and Tampa Bay’s Mike Alstott.

In addition, the league announced that recording artist Jordin Sparks will sing the national anthem. She’s the daughter of Phillippi Sparks, a former cornerback for the Giants and Cowboys.