There aren’t many guarantees in the NFL, but a few things are about as close as it gets.

Tom Brady making it to the Super Bowl or Purdue having at least one player in the Super Bowl are two of the most-common trends of the 21st century. Both of those will continue in 2017.

Brady will represent Michigan for the seventh time and Ricardo Allen will represent the Boilermakers in Houston in two weeks. They’re two of 12 former B1G players who will get to shine on the big stage.

Here’s the breakdown of former B1G players who made it to Houston:


  • QB Tom Brady, Michigan
  • DE Alan Branch, Michigan
  • DB Nate Ebner, Ohio State
  • OL Ted Karras, Illinois
  • Rob Ninkovich, Purdue
  • DT Vincent Valentine, Nebraska
  • RB James White, Wisconsin


  • DB Ricardo Allen, Purdue
  • DT Jonathan Babineaux, Iowa
  • LB De’Vondre Campbell, Minnesota
  • RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana
  • DT Ra’Shede Hegeman, Minnesota


  • Former Iowa DT Adrian Clayborn was not included because he’s inactive
  • Patriots WR Chris Hogan wasn’t included because he played lacrosse, not football at Penn State
  • No Maryland/Rutgers players were included because none of the five former Knights in Super Bowl LI played in the B1G
  • Purdue and Rutgers are the only B1G teams guaranteed to have a player win the Super Bowl