IOWA CITY, Iowa -- This year's Super Bowl marks the 10th-straight in which a former Hawkeye has played in the game. The streak ranks eighth-best among all college football programs. Marshal Yanda and Sean Considine will represent the Baltimore Ravens.
The Iowa connections do not end there. Former Hawkeye Jim Caldwell (1973-76) is Baltimore's offensive coordinator. Former Hawkeye Kent Kahl (1993-94) is a college scout for San Francisco, and 49ers linebacker coach Jim Leavitt was an Iowa assistant coach under Hayden Fry in 1989.
For more on other Hawkeye connections in Super Bowl XLVII, read the February issue of Hawk Talk Monthly.
The Hawkeyes tied for fourth among all schools with six players in the AFC and NFC Championship games. Iowa ranked tied for ninth in the nation with 10 former players on NFL playoff rosters, to open the postseason. Two Hawkeyes -- Marshal Yanda and Chad Greenway -- were selected to the Pro Bowl, tying Iowa for 13th nationally.
Iowa tied for ninth in the nation with 25 former players on active NFL rosters this season. In addition, nine other Hawkeyes resided on practice squads or injured reserve.
Iowa tied for second in the Big Ten amongst NFL alumni on active rosters. Ohio State led the way with 35, while the Hawkeyes and Michigan both had 25. Iowa has five former tight ends in the league, which equals USC and Stanford for the most.
|FORMER HAWKEYES IN ACTION -- SUPER BOWL XLVII|
|Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers - 5:30 p.m. (CT) - CBS|
DB Sean Considine
OL Marshal Yanda