Sunday, February 1, 2009

ACC Players In Super Bowl XLIII

Super Bowl XLIII kicks off today between the Cardinals and Steelers with a decided ACC flair. The ACC has 22 players on the teams rosters and one head coach, Ken Whisenhunt who played at Georgia Tech.

FSU leads ACC schools with five players highlighted by Arizona WR Anquan Boldin (below). Surprisingly, Duke has two players in the game. Alabama leads SEC schools with four players. The ACC is tied with the Big 10 with 22 players each. The SEC has 14, Pac 10 has 11 and the Big 12 has 10.


Rivals.com did a very interesting look at where the players played in college and high school. Michigan leads all schools with 7 players, followed by FSU (5), Alabama, and Texas (4 each). The states of Texas and Florida have 11 players each followed by California (10), Ohio (8), Georgia, Louisiana, Pennsylvania (6).


Rivals.com Super Bowl Roster Breakdown


And ESPN ranked all 106 active players.

ACC Players by school:
Florida State (5)
Anquan Boldin Wide Receiver Arizona Cardinals
Darnell Dockett Defensive Tackle Arizona Cardinals
Bryant McFadden Cornerback Pittsburgh Steelers
Orpheus Roye Defensive Tackle Pittsburgh Steelers
Lawrence Timmons Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers

Miami (3)
Calais Campbell Defensive End Arizona Cardinals
Edgerrin James Running Back Arizona Cardinals
Antrel Rolle Free Safety Arizona Cardinals

North Carolina (3)
Willie Parker Running Back Pittsburgh Steelers
Jeff Reed Kicker Pittsburgh Steelers
Greg Warren Long Snapper Pittsburgh Steelers

Virginia (3)
Elton Brown Offensive Tackle Arizona Cardinals
James Farrior Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers
Heath Miller Tight End Pittsburgh Steelers

Boston College (2)
Patrick Ross Center Arizona Cardinals
Brian St. Pierre Quarterback Arizona Cardinals

Duke (2)
Patrick Bailey Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Patrick Tight End Arizona Cardinals

NC State (1)
Adrian Wilson Safety Arizona Cardinals

Virginia Tech (1)
Eric Green Cornerback Arizona Cardinals

Georgia Tech (1)
Keyaron Fox Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers

Clemson (1)
Nick Eason Defensive End Pittsburgh Steelers

http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/012209aaa.html

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2 comments:

  1. Nice post, I always hear about the SEC football players but there are quite a few ACC players as well.

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  2. Yep, the ACC has held its own when it comes to the NFL Draft. Virginia is a school that comes to mind that has had several very high draft picks over the last 5 years, but hasn't had the success level of SEC teams in win-loss.

    I think Miami has a streak in the double digits for years in a row with a 1st round pick. Think that may come to an end this year though.

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