MAC is stacked in Super Bowl XLV

With two teams from middle America in the Super Bowl, it’s only fitting that the Middle American Conference is representing something fierce with 15 total former players suiting up on Sunday.

The MAC went so far as to send out a press release touting their alums, including former Miami of Ohio QB Ben Roethlisberger who was asked about it during Media Day.

“I just think it’s an awesome thing for this conference and I’m proud to represent Miami,” said Roethlisberger. “It speaks volumes that even as a small conference you don’t have to be a BCS Championship contender every year to have players to come and play in the Super Bowl.”

Roethlisberger went on to note that even both of his backup QBs are from the MAC in Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich.

Former MAC Players on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster:

Pos. Player Name School Years
QB Charlie Batch Eastern Michigan 1993-97
WR Antonio Brown Central Michigan 2007-09
LB James Harrison Kent State 1999-01
QB Byron Leftwich Marshall 1999-02
QB Ben Roethlisberger Miami (Ohio) 2001-03
K Shaun Suisham Bowling Green 2001-04

Former MAC Players on the Green Bay Packers roster:

Pos. Player Name School Years
SS Atari Bigby Central Florida 2001-04
LB Diyral Briggs Bowling Green 2005-08
TE Tom Crabtree Miami (Ohio) 2005-08
DB Josh Gordy Central Michigan 2006-09
DE Cullen Jenkins Central Michigan 1999-02
WR Greg Jennings Western Michigan 2002-05
T T.J. Lang Eastern Michigan 2005-08
RB James Starks Buffalo 2006-09
LB Frank Zombo Central Michigan 2006-09

Out of curiosity, we broke down the rosters by conference and only the powerhouse SEC has more players represented in Super Bowl XLV:

STEELERS PACKERS TOTAL
ACC
10
3
13
BIG 12
4
4
8
BIG EAST
2
2
4
BIG 10
9
6
15
USA
3
1
4
MAC
6
9
15
MTN WEST
2
1
3
PAC 10
2
4
6
SEC
7
11
18
SUN BELT
3
1
4
WAC
2
5
7
Other
3
6
9
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