Tennessee has long been known for producing solid NFL talent. But did you know that the Vols are in rarefied air when it comes to placing players in the Super Bowl?
A recent tweet from NFL.com’s Collge Football twitter account placed Tennessee atop the list of colleges placing players in the Super Bowl since the 1970, alongside Miami, with 61 players.
No other SEC school ranks in the top 5, which is finished out by traditional powers USC, Michigan and Nebraska.
Colleges with most alumni in #SuperBowl since 1970 merger:
— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) January 25, 2017
The official Tennessee website provides a complete glimpse at the history of the Vols in the Super Bowl, including a year-by-year breakdown of the Tennessee appearances in the NFL’s title game.
For the eighth consecutive year, the Vols will have at least one player in the Super Bowl when former DB Justin Coleman represents the team in Super Bowl 51 as a member of the New England Patriots.
Tennessee had a 17-year stretch during which the Vols placed at least one player in the game from 1992-2008, but that streak was broken in 2009 when neither the Pittsburgh Steelers nor the Arizona Cardinals placed a Vol in the game.
Last season, the Vols placed four former players in the game, including former QB Peyton Manning (Denver), P Britton Colquitt (Denver), DL Malik Jackson (Denver) and OL Chris Scott (Carolina).
In 2007, Manning became the only former Vol to win the game’s Most Valuable Player award.