Boilermakers in the NFL Playoffs
Jan. 4, 2018


Boilermakers in the NFL


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Six former Purdue football players are with National Football League teams headed to the playoffs, which get underway this weekend.

The sextet consists of safety Ricardo Allen (Atlanta Falcons), quarterback Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints), running back Akeem Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs), guard/tackle Dennis Kelly (Tennessee Titans), offensive lineman Jason King (New England Patriots) and defensive tackle Kawann Short (Carolina Panthers).

On Saturday, Kansas City hosts Tennessee and Atlanta plays at the Los Angeles Rams.

On Sunday, New Orleans hosts Carolina.

New England is the AFC East Division champion and plays its first game Jan. 13.

A Boilermaker has been in 18 consecutive Super Bowls, the second-longest streak in the country behind Nebraska (24), and on the winning team 14 of the last 18 seasons.

Brees set the NFL season record by completing 72.0 percent of his passes. He also owns the third- and fourth-best marks (71.2 in 2011 and 70.6 in 2009) and is the career leader at 66.9 percent. Furthermore, Brees became just the third quarterback in NFL history to pass for 70,000 career yards, following Peyton Manning (71,940) and Brett Favre (71,838).

BOILERMAKERS IN THE SUPER BOWL
I Len Dawson, Kansas City Chiefs
IV Len Dawson, Kansas City Chiefs* (MVP)
VI Tim Foley, Miami Dolphins; Bob Griese, Miami Dolphins
VII Tim Foley, Miami Dolphins*; Bob Griese, Miami Dolphins*
VIII Tim Foley, Miami Dolphins*; Bob Griese, Miami Dolphins*
XII Otis Armstrong, Denver Broncos
XVI Keena Turner, San Francisco 49ers*
XVII Dave Butz, Washington Redskins*
XVIII Dave Butz, Washington Redskins
XIX Mark Brown, Miami Dolphins; Keena Turner, San Francisco 49ers*
XXI Mark Jackson, Denver Broncos
XXII Dave Butz, Washington Redskins*; Mark Jackson, Denver Broncos
XXIII Keena Turner, San Francisco 49ers*
XVIV Mark Jackson, Denver Broncos; Keena Turner, San Francisco 49ers*
XXX Jim Schwantz, Dallas Cowboys*; Rod Woodson, Pittsburgh Steelers
XXXIV Steve Jackson, Tennessee Titans; Jeff Zgonina, St. Louis Rams*
XXXV Rod Woodson, Baltimore Ravens*
XXXVI Matt Light, New England Patriots*; David Nugent, New England Patriots*; Jeff Zgonina, St. Louis Rams
XXXVII Mike Alstott, Tampa Bay Buccaneers*; Rod Woodson, Oakland Raiders
XXXVIII Rosevelt Colvin, New England Patriots*; Brandon Gorin, New England Patriots*; Matt Light, New England Patriots*; Gene Mruczkowski, New England Patriots*
XXXIX Ian Allen, Philadelphia Eagles; Rosevelt Colvin, New England Patriots*; Brandon Gorin, New England Patriots*; Matt Light, New England Patriots*; Gene Mruczkowski, New England Patriots*
XL Niko Koutouvides, Seattle Seahawks; Chukky Okobi, Pittsburgh Steelers*; Craig Terrill, Seattle Seahawks
XLI Gilbert Gardner, Indianapolis Colts*; Kyle Orton, Chicago Bears; John Stadeford, Indianapolis Colts*
XLII Rosevelt Colvin, New England Patriots; Matt Light, New England Patriots
XLIII Chike Okeafor, Arizona Cardinals
XLIV Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints* (MVP), Curtis Painter, Indianapolis Colts
XLV Mike Neal, Green Bay Packers*
XLVI Niko Koutouvides, New England Patriots; Matt Light, New England Patriots; Rob Ninkovich, New England Patriots
XLVII Bernard Pollard, Baltimore Ravens*
XLVIII Cliff Avril, Seattle Seahawks*; Shaun Phillips, Denver Broncos
XLIX Cliff Avril, Seattle Seahawks; Rob Ninkovich, New England Patriots*
50 Kawann Short, Carolina Panthers
LI Ricardo Allen, Atlanta Falcons; Rob Ninkovich, New England Patriots*
* denotes Super Bowl champion.
 

 

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