Former Rebels On NFL Playoff, Pro Bowl Rosters
Six-time Pro Bowl LB Patrick Willis will lead the 49ers into the NFC Championship Game Sunday.

Jan. 16, 2013

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OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss alums are among the most represented in the 2012-13 NFL Playoffs as the AFC and NFC Championship Games loom this Sunday.

Suiting up for a chance to play in Super Bowl XLVII will be Brandon Bolden (New England Patriots) and Michael Oher (Baltimore Ravens) in the AFC title game and Peria Jerry (Atlanta Falcons) and Patrick Willis (San Francisco 49ers) in the NFC championship.

Ole Miss is one of eight schools with a former player guaranteed to win a Super Bowl ring. The others are Florida, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and UCF.

Ole Miss also had a player on each of the four final teams in last year's NFL playoffs with BenJarvus Green-Ellis (New England), Eli Manning (New York Giants), Oher and Willis. Manning led his team to a world championship and earned his second Super Bowl MVP trophy.

The Pro Bowl rosters were recently announced, and two former Rebs are back on the NFC squad again.

Manning earned his third Pro Bowl nod after passing for 3,948 yards, 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions this season. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft was previously an all-star after the 2008 and 2011 seasons.

Willis made his sixth straight Pro Bowl roster in as many NFL seasons. The 2007 first-round pick by the 49ers also has also been named an All-Pro by the Associated Press for the fifth time in six years. He was second on his team this season with 164 tackles.

Other former Rebels whose teams made this year's playoffs are Marshay Green (Indianapolis), Green-Ellis (Cincinnati), Rishaw Johnson (Seattle), Jamarca Sanford (Minnesota), Bradley Sowell (Indianapolis) and Cassius Vaughn (Indianapolis).

Overall, Ole Miss had 24 alums play in the league this season, with most of them providing key roles on their teams. Full-time starters included Green-Ellis, Greg Hardy (Carolina), John Jerry (Miami), Peria Jerry, Kendrick Lewis (Kansas City), Manning, Bobby Massie (Arizona), Oher, Sanford, Vaughn, Mike Wallace (Pittsburgh) and Willis. Other Rebel alums who made at least one start this season included Bolden, Johnson, Dexter McCluster (Kansas City), Ashlee Palmer (Detroit), Jermey Parnell (Dallas), Chris Spencer (Chicago) and Micheal Spurlock (San Diego).


 

 

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