It is always interesting to look down the rosters and see which colleges produced the most players on the two Super Bowl rosters. There is always an unlikely “underdog” that appears – and that is try of thise year’s list as well.
It is no surprise that the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots rosters – 106 active players – have four schools with four players each on the two teams’ rosters. Alabama and LSU are not a surprise among them. Stanford, in the last decade, is probably not either. But Rutgers? Yes, Rutgers! The only Big Ten team with more than two players – although, none of the Rutgers’ contingent ever played a Big Ten game for the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers, in fact, has three members of the Patriots’ secondary with Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan, and Duron Harmon all repping the Scarlet Knights. Mohamed Sanu, who came to Atlanta this year in free agency from Cincinnati, ties Rutgers with the other college football blue bloods.
However, Rutgers should get a bonus though as they also have linebacker Jonathan Freeny on the Patriots’ injured reserve list. While the active rosters are only 53 players each, the reserve lists do actually count as official players under active NFL player contracts with the club, although they are not counted in the official active/inactive lists published each week during the regular season. That would give Rutgers 5 players on the team rosters while the other three do not have any alumni among the teams’ reserve lists. If we add in practice squad players, Stanford and Alabama do add another to force a tie with the Scarlet Knights again.
Here is the full rundown by school:
|North Carolina State||2|
|North Carolina A&T||1|
|San Jose State||1|