NFL: The NCAA Conference That Sent the Most Players to the Super Bowl

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The most recent Super Bowl was nothing if not a consolation of sorts for Pac-12 football and more specifically, Oregon Ducks football fans. The Pac-12 saw 11 alumni players starting for their respective teams in Super Bowl XLIX, with Oregon slated to have more projected starters than any other school in the country. While the Pac-12 may have had more projected starters than any other conference in college football, they did not have the most total players on the field at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1. Here is a look at the top seven conferences in terms of number of players in Super Bowl XLIX (active roster, practice squad, and injured reserve included).

All statistics courtesy of CBS Sports.

7.  American Athletic Conference

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Number of players: 4

Starters:

  • Sebastian Vollmer (Patriots), University of Houston

>6.  Mountain West Conference and Conference USA [tie]

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Number of players: 5

Starters:

  • Ryan Wendell (Patriots), Fresno State University
  • Bobby Wagner (Seahawks), Utah State University

5.  Big 12 Conferences

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Number of players: 9

Starters:

  • Russell Okung (Seahawks), Oklahoma State University
  • Kevin Williams (Seahawks), Oklahoma State University
  • Earl Thomas (Seahawks), University of Texas
  • Bruce Irvin (Seahawks), West Virginia University

4.  Atlantic Coast Conference

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Number of players: 12

Starters:

  • Byron Maxwell (Seahawks), Clemson University
  • Bryan Stork (Patriots), Florida State University
  • Vince Wilfork (Patriots), University of Miami
  • J.R. Sweezy (Seahawks), North Carolina State University
  • Darrelle Revis (Patriots), University of Pittsburgh
  • Chandler Jones (Patriots), Syracuse University
  • Kam Chancellor (Seahawks), Virginia Tech University

3.  Southeastern Conference

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Number of players: 22

Starters:

  • Don’t’a Hightower (Patriots), University of Alabama
  • James Carpenter (Seahawks), University of Alabama
  • Brandon LaFell (Patriots), Louisiana State University
  • K.J. Wright (Seahawks), Mississippi State University
  • Justin Britt (Seahawks), University of Missouri
  • Tony McDaniel (Seahawks), University of Tennessee
  • Michael Bennett (Seahawks), Texas A&M

 

2.  Pacific 12 Conference

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Number of players: 25

Starters:

  • Rob Gronkowski (Patriots), University of Arizona
  • Shane Vereen (Patriots), University of California-Berkeley
  • Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks), University of California-Berkeley
  • Nate Solder (Patriots), University of Colorado
  • Patrick Chung (Patriots), University of Oregon
  • Max Unger (Seahawks), University of Oregon
  • Will Tukuafu (Seahawks), University of Oregon
  • Brandon Browner (Patriots), Oregon State University
  • Richard Sherman (Seahawks), Stanford University
  • Doug Baldwin (Seahawks), Stanford University
  • Akeem Ayers (Patriots), UCLA
  • Jermaine Kearse (Seahawks), University of Washington

1.  Big Ten Conference

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Number of players: 27

Starters:

  • Tom Brady (Patriots), University of Michigan
  • Rob Ninkovich (Patriots), Purdue University
  • Cliff Avril (Seahawks), Purdue University
  • Devin McCourty (Patriots), Rutgers University
  • Russell Wilson (Seahawks), University of Wisconsin