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Super Bowls won: Super Bowl XL, XLIII The

Super Bowls won: Super Bowl XL, XLIII
The Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger did not play up to expectations in his first Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks. In Super Bowl XLIII, against the Cardinals, Roethlisberger was much more effective going 21-for-30 with 256 yard passing and one touchdown.

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. 


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