Jan. 21, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A trio of former Boilermakers, quarterback Drew Brees and linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Anthony Spencer, will represent their teams in the 2013 Pro Bowl in Hawaii next Sunday, and Baltimore's upset of New England in the AFC Championship propelled safety Bernard Pollardinto the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 in New Orleans. Pollard's participation in professional football's most prestigious game marks the 14th consecutive year at least one former Purdue player will be on a Super Bowl roster.
New Orleans' Brees, who will be making his seventh appearance in the Pro Bowl, led the National Football League in passing yards for fourth time in his 12 seasons as a pro. He finished the 2012 regular season with 5,177 yards passing, while completing 422 of 670 passing attempts with a league-high 43 touchdowns against 19 interceptions.
Washington's Kerrigan, who is playing in merely his second season in the NFL, will make his first appearance in the Pro Bowl. He finished the 2012 season with 54 tackles, including 42 solo stops, with 8.5 sacks, two fumbles forced and one recovered. A defensive end in college, the converted linebacker also returned an interception for a touchdown in Week 5 against Atlanta for his second career pick-six.
Dallas' Spencer, who will make his Pro Bowl debut on Sunday, wrapped up his sixth professional season with a career-high 11 sacks to go along with a team-high 95 tackles during the regular season. He also forced a pair of fumbles and recovered one.
Pollard will be appearing in the Super Bowl for the first time in his career. He led the Ravens with 98 tackles during the regular season and finished with a pair of sacks and six passes defended, including one interception. In two postseason games, Pollard racked up 15 tackles, including nine in the AFC Championship, and defended four passes with a fumble forced.
Consecutive Years With at Least One Former Player on a Super Bowl Roster