When it comes to winning the Super Bowl of late, you need a Boilermaker. Tom Brady might be the best postseason quarterback of all-time, but he is not shit without a Boilermaker because he has had at least one former Purdue player on every Super Bowl winning team of his. Last year it was Ja’Whaun Bentley and (to an extent) Danny Etling, who were part of the roster via Injured Reserve and Practice Squad. Several other Purdue guys such as Ricardo Allen, Kawann Short, Rob Ninkovich, and Cliff Avril have all been in the Super Bowl of late. All told, at least one Purdue player has been in 15 of the last 20 Super Bowls. This year there is a great chance it will be 16 of 21.
1. Baltimore Ravens – No Purdue players on roster.
2. Kansas City Chiefs - No Purdue players on roster.
3. New England Patriots – Ja’Whaun Bentley – The Patriots have a shot because Bentley is there to represent Purdue. The second year linebacker has 29 tackles on the season.
4. Houston Texans – David Steinmetz – The rookie has hung on with the Texans despite being an undrafted free agent. Officially, he has been on the practice squad the last 6 weeks, so he is part of the team. Not bad for a graduate transfer from Rhode Island that spent all of one year with us.
5. Buffalo Bills - No Purdue players on roster.
6. Tennessee Titans – Dennis Kelly & Kevin Pamphile – A couple of Purdue guys have helped the Titans make the playoffs and lead Derrick Henry to the rushing title. Kelly is an 8 year veteran and even caught a touchdown pass earlier this season. Pamphile has been a solid reserve.
The NFC is a little more unsettled, as we know the six teams in the playoffs, but not the seeding yet. If San Francisco wins the night game theyw ill be hte No. 1 seed and Green bay will be the 2. If they lose,t hey will fall to the 5, Green Bay will be the 1, and New Orleans will be the 2 with Seattle at the 3.
San Francisco 49ers – Raheem Mostert & Jacob Thieneman - Mostert has really come on in the second half of the season with 715 yards rushing and 6 TDs along with 13 receptions for 164 yards and two more scores. He has been a real weapon for a team that can get the No. 1 seed with a win tonight. Thieneman is officially on the practice squad at the moment.
Green Bay Packers - No Purdue players on roster.
New Orleans Saints – Drew Brees – Only the most prolific passer in NFL history. The league owes him a ring after last year (and yes, he would have smoked Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl).
Philadelphia Eagles - No Purdue players on roster.
Seattle Seahawks – Jordan Roos – Roos has been a reserve all season, playing in six games as a sturdy backup.
Minnesota Vikings - No Purdue players on roster.