More proof that you don't have to play at a big-time football school to make it big in the NFL: A total of 15 players from Super Bowl XLV are from Mid-Atlantic Conference schools, tying the Big 10 for the second-highest number of players among FBS conferences. Only the SEC (18 players) features more.
Among the stars in the game hailing from Mid-Atlantic schools: QB Ben Roethlisberger and LB James Harrison from the Steelers, and S Atari Bigby, DT Cullen Jenkins and WR Greg Jennings from the Packers.
Former MAC Players on the Packers' roster: S Atari Bigby Central Florida 2001-04; LB Diyral Briggs Bowling Green 2005-08; TE Tom Crabtree Miami 2005-08; CB Josh Gordy (R) Central Michigan 2006-09; DT Cullen Jenkins Central Michigan 1999-02; WR Greg Jennings Western Michigan 2002-05; OL T.J. Lang Eastern Michigan 2005-08; RB James Starks (R) Buffalo 2006-09; LB Frank Zombo Central Michigan 2006-09
Former MAC Players on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster: QB Charlie Batch Eastern Michigan 1993-97; WR Antonio Brown (R) Central Michigan 2007-09; LB James Harrison Kent State 1999-01; QB Byron Leftwich Marshall 1999-02; QB Ben Roethlisberger Miami 2001-03; K Shaun Suisham Bowling Green 2001-04.