Thursday, January 31, 2013

Former Michigan Athletes in Super Bowl XLVII

Michigan had excellent representation in last year's Super Bowl, but this year, the Maize and Blue presence will be felt more strongly on the sidelines than on the football field.  Four former Michigan athletes will take part in Super Bowl XLVII, which will be played between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens on February 3, but only one will be playing in the game.

Jonathan Goodwin (1999-2002) is the starting center for one of the league's top offensive lines and a team that is coached by former Michigan player and graduate assistant, Jim Harbaugh (5,449 passing yards and 31 touchdowns from '83-'86).  Of course, WR Mario Manningham (137 receptions for 2,310 yards and 35 touchdowns from '05-'07) is also a 49er and has a shot at a second straight Super Bowl ring, but he won't play in the game due to a torn ACL that was suffered late in the season.

On the other side of the ball, Andy Moeller (linebacker from '83-'86 and TE, OT and OL coach from '00 - '07) coaches the offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens.  Their defensive backs coach Teryl Austin also coached at Michigan as a defensive assistant from 1999 - 2002, although he never played for the Wolverines. 

1 comment:

  1. I find it highly interesting that Andy Moeller (with whom I closely associate an uncharacteristically mediocre bunch of O-line years at Michigan) is coaching in the NFL. Maybe there were other reasons (shaky recruiting) for the lean years (the ones where only David Baas and Jake Long emerged as NFLers)?