Athlon Sports has mapped the colleges and high schools for all the players suiting up Sunday
Beyond the quarterbacks, Tennessee and Wisconsin have their fair share of rooting interests in the Super Bowl.
Led by Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, no school will have more of their former players in the Super Bowl than the Volunteers. Manning and three others play for Denver.
Wisconsin isn’t far behind with four players in the Super Bowl. Wilson is one of three Badgers on the Seahawks 53-man roster heading into Sunday.
Beyond the colleges for the two quarterbacks in the Super Bowl, certain corners of the state of California will be watching their own favorite sons. The state of California produced 22 players on Super Bowl rosters, as many as the next two states combined.
Athlon Sports mapped the 53-man rosters for both the Seahawks and the Broncos by college and high school. Here’s what we found:
The maps are interactive. Zoom in and out to check different areas and find names of each player. The Broncos are marked in orange, and the Seahawks are marked in green.
Where the Super Bowl players went to college
• Gary Andersen may be the coach with more reasons to brag than others. On the one hand, he can sell the four Super Bowl players at his current stop at Wisconsin, including running back Montee Ball for the Broncos and linebacker O’Brien Schofield, defensive back Chris Maragos and Wilson for the Seahawks.
Andersen, a first-year coach in 2013, can’t really play up player development for those four, but he can for linebacker Bobby Wagner and running back Robert Turbin, two Seahawks who played for Andersen at Utah State.
• After Tennessee (five) and Wisconsin (four), some of the usual suspects have three players in the Super Bowl: Florida, Georgia, Stanford, Texas and USC.
Among the surprises with three apiece include Kentucky (linebackers Danny Trevathan and Wesley Woodyard and tight end Jacob Tamme), San Diego State (running back Ronnie Hillman, linebacker Heath Farwell and long snapper Aaron Brewer) and Texas Tech (wide receiver Wes Welker and guards Louis Vasquez and Manny Ramirez).
• NC State has up to four players in the Super Bowl, assuming you count Wilson. The Seahawks quarterback graduated from NC State before transferring to Wisconsin. The other NC State products in the Super Bowl are linebacker Nate Irving, defensive end J.R. Sweezy and kicker Steven Hauschka.
• Schools conspicuously absent from the Super Bowl include rivals Ohio State and Michigan.
• The SEC rules again: The league’s current lineup produced 22 players in the Super Bowl from 10 different schools. Only Auburn, Missouri, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt are absent.
After the SEC’s 22, the Pac-12 checked in with 16 and the ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten with 11 each.
Where the Super Bowl players went to high school
A tip of the hat to Dallas Jackson of NationalHSFootball.com for his charts of each players' high school details. Check his site for where each player ranked as a recruit:
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• California led all home states with 22 players taking up 106 roster spots. The Golden State’s high total isn’t that surprising. However, that California’s total equalled that of Texas (12) and Florida (10) is surprising considering all three are considered on equal footing in recruiting.
The next most represented states were Georgia (eight) and Virginia (six).
• Two high schools will have two players each in the Super Bowl: Norfolk (Va.) Maury claims graduates Kam Chancellor, a Seattle defensive back, and Vinston Painter, a Broncos offensive tackle. Both went to college at Virginia Tech.
Colony High in Ontario, Calif., produced Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner and Denver cornerback Omar Bolden.