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Michigan will have four players in Sunday’s Super Bowl

NCAA Football: Outback Bowl-Michigan vs South Carolina Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Thursday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. Work has been slowing me down this week, so today’s Brews is a little lean. This morning we’re talking the Super Bowl and we’re also checking in with hockey and men’s basketball.

As usual, there is a song referenced in this morning’s Brews. There are at least two clues this morning. Clues may be words, phrases, or photos and may reference lyrics, the artist, or the album. If you think you know today’s song, fire away down in the comments.

Let’s get to it:

NCAA Football: Colorado at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

#ProBlue to be well represented in the big game

One of the more common things that recruits look for when selecting a school is a track record of placing players in the pros. For Michigan, this has rarely been a problem, and the man who sailed up from San Francisco Bay has already established a strong track record in this area. The Wolverines have seen 381 former players taken in the NFL Draft, and there are currently 33 on NFL rosters. On Sunday, there will be four Wolverines taking the field between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. This is tied for second most, with West Virginia, Oregon, Florida State, Florida, and Arkansas. Stanford will have the most with five former players suiting up for the big game.

For the Patriots, there is, of course, the GOAT Tom Brady. Along with Brady, there’s Alan Branch and David Harris. Branch was selected during the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals and he’s won two Super Bowls during his time in the league. He started for two season with the Wolverines, amassing 56 tackles, 13.0 TFLs, and 4.5 sacks. David Harris was also taken in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft, and during his career with the Wolverines he recorded 96 tackles, 15.0 TFLs, and 3.0 sacks from the linebacker position.

Tom Brady needs no introduction, but I’m going to run through the accolades anyway. The 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, Brady has amassed five Super Bowl rings, four Super Bowl MVPs, and 13 Pro Bowl selections. During college, he started his junior and senior seasons, completing 61.9% of his passes for 4,773 yards, 30 TDs, and 17 INTs. For the Eagles, Brandon Graham features in a stout defense. He was taken No. 13 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft after amassing 138 tackles, 56.0 TFLs, and 29.5 sacks in his college career.

Who do you guys want to win the big game? Since my Lions and adoptive Redskins are conspicuously absent, I suppose I’ll be cheering for the Pats on Sunday. Weigh in with your team in the poll below and down in the comments.

Poll

Who do you want to win the Super Bowl?

This poll is closed

  • 71%
    Patriots
    (369 votes)
  • 11%
    Eagles
    (58 votes)
  • 16%
    I just want to see a good game
    (87 votes)
  • 0%
    Other (comment)
    (3 votes)
517 votes total Vote Now

Michigan hockey had a tough weekend, dropping two games to No. 6 Ohio State. In the Friday tilt, not much went right. Despite outshooting Ohio State by 12 (32-20), Michigan found itself on the wrong end of a 4-0 game. On Saturday, Michigan found the net - but not often enough. Ohio State came away with a 5-3 victory. The Wolverines now find themselves at 12-12-2 (7-9-2) on the season. Despite the two losses, Michigan was ranked at No. 20 this week. Mel Pearson’s squad will be back in action this Friday against Wisconsin.

Just because football season is over doesn’t mean that Michigan’s video team has stopped cranking out content. Check out this highlight reel from Michigan basketball’s recent 58-47 win over Northwestern.