Notre Dame in the Super Bowl

Congratulations to Irish alum Ryan Grant who picked up a Super Bowl ring this weekend despite missing all but one game for the Green Bay Packers this year. Grant, who played running back for Notre Dame from 2001-04, was slotted to be the Packers featured running back before suffering a season-ending injury in Week One of the season.

Despite not playing, Grant was plenty excited when the Steelers last drive ended Sunday night. And his bum ankle didn’t appear to keep him out of the celebration afterwards (Note the timestamp below).

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The only ex-Notre Dame player to actually suit up for the Super Bowl was Steelers’ wide receiver Arnaz Battle. Battle was Grant’s teammate in South Bend for one year, but he didn’t see much action on Sunday either. However, that should change soon. According to Tony Villiotti, who runs a blog analyzing the NFL Draft, only four colleges — Miami, Ohio State, Tennessee and Florida State — have sent more starters to the NFL in the past two decades than Notre Dame. The Irish have sent the seventh most draft choices overall during that time period.

  1. Miami (117)
  2. Tennessee (116)
  3. Ohio State (115)
  4. Florida State (114)
  5. USC (110)
  6. Florida (107)
  7. Notre Dame (105)
  8. Nebraska (102)
  9. Penn State (94)
  10. Michigan (91)

The SEC, not surprisingly, had more alumni in this year’s big game than any other football conference. But, the Mid-America Conference (MAC) was a shockingly close second. The MAC also contributed some of the game’s biggest stars including Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (Miami of Ohio) and Green Bay wide receiver Greg Jennings (Western Michigan), both of whom were responsible for a Packer touchdown on the night.

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