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Miami Hurricanes lead with most alumni to play in Super Bowl since 1970

Ari Russell

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(USA Today -Isaiah Downing)

In a stat that is strictly for bragging rights, the Miami Hurricanes will have the most alumni to play in a Super Bowl since 1970 come Sunday. The reason 1970 is the mark because that was when the NFL and the AFL officially merged.

When Phillip Dorsett suits up for the Patriots on Sunday he will be the 62nd player from Miami to play in the Super Bowl. The interesting dynamic is that the Patriots had traded for Dorsett after Julian Edelman went down with a season ending injury. Otherwise there would be no Miami players in this year’s Super Bowl which would have ended had Edelman never got hurt.

Well let’s take a look at who else made the top five:

2) Tennessee: 61
Players in Super Bowl LII: Eagles DE Derek Barnett.

3) USC: 60
Players in Super Bowl LII: Eagles WR Nelson Agholor.

4t) Florida State: 54
Players in Super Bowl LII: Eagles LB Nigel Bradham, Eagles CB Ronald Darby, Eagles DT Tim Jernigan, Eagles CB Patrick Robinson.

4t) Michigan: 54
Players in Super Bowl LII: Patriots QB Tom Brady, Patriots DL Alan Branch, Eagles DE Brandon Graham, Patriots LB David Harris.

4t) Nebraska: 54
Players in Super Bowl LII: Patriots RB Rex Burkhead, Eagles LB Nate Gerry.

As you can see Florida State is right in there at 4th overall with three Eagles players who went to FSU.

…And what about the Gators?

14) Florida: 46
Players in Super Bowl LII: Eagles TE Trey Burton, Patriots RB Mike Gillislee, Eagles S Jaylen Watkins.

All the information above is provided by NFL.com 

It’s amazing to see the impact former Miami players have had on the NFL and on the Super Bowl over the years. If we take the overall Super Bowl numbers Miami still has the lead with 78 players which includes 119 appearances. Last season the only Miami player was Atlanta Falcons punter Matt Bosher.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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