Thanks to a 26-16 victory by the Denver Broncos over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game and a 23-17 win by the Seattle Seahawks over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, a former Tennessee Volunteer will appear in the Super Bowl for the 22nd time in the past 23 years.
The Broncos have four VFLs on the roster, including MVP favorite quarterback Peyton Manning, punter Britton Colquitt and defensive linemen Robert Ayers and Malik Jackson. A former World Champion, it will be Manning's third Super Bowl appearance and his first since 2010. The Vol great led the Indianapolis Colts to a win in Super Bowl XLI, where he earned MVP honors.
Defensive tackle and former Vol Tony McDaniel of the Seahawks will also be heading to New Jersey, guaranteeing a former Vol will be bringing home the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2014.
With five products in the Super Bowl, Tennessee has the most players of any college in the Super Bowl. Wisconsin has 4 and no other school has more than three
Most Players In Super Bowl XLVIII By College (Active Roster)
Arizona State: 3
NC State: 3
San Diego State: 3
Texas A&M: 3
Most Players In Super Bowl XLVIII By College (Including Injured Reserve, Practice Squad, PUP List)
Arizona State: 4
Penn State: 4
Texas A&M: 4
Also with five active players in the Super Bowl, it will be the most former Vols to play in a Super Bowl ever.
Most Vols In Super Bowl
2014: 5 (XLVII, Broncos vs. Seahawks: Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson, Peyton Manning, Tony McDaniel)
2011: 5/4 (XLV, Packers vs. Steelers: Chad Clifton, Ramon Foster, Justin Harrell (INJ), Chris Scott, Scott Wells)
2010: 4 (XLIV, Colts vs. Saints: Jabari Greer, Peyton Manning, Robert Meachem Marvin Mitchell)
2008: 4 (XLII, Giants vs. Patriots: Rashad Moore, Donte Stallworth, Kelley Washington, Gibril Wilson)
1999: 4/3 (XXXIII, Broncos vs. Falcons: Marcus Nash, Chuck Smith, Ben Talley, Trey Teague (INJ)
Here's a list of every Tennessee product to participate in the Super Bowl: Former Vols In The Super Bowl
Additionally, former Tennessee quarterback Jim Bob Cooter is a member of the Broncos coaching staff while longtime Tennessee assistant coach Kippy Brown in the Seahawks wide receivers coach.
Last season, the Vols were represented by long snapper Morgan Cox of the Baltimore Ravens and defensive lineman Parys Haralson, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers. Cox and the Ravens beat Haralson and the 49ers, 34-31.
Super Bowl XLVIII will be played on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:25 p.m. ET at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
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