Michigan Football: 8 Ex-Wolverines to Watch as Super Bowl XLVI Nears

Joel GreerCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2012

Michigan Football: 8 Ex-Wolverines to Watch as Super Bowl XLVI Nears

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    Over the years, more than 50 former Michigan Wolverines have played in the Super Bowl. Some have barely grazed the surface, while others have played key roles in their teams' success.

    Several Wolverines have played in the game of more than one occasion. Tom Brady and Ty Law appeared in four Super Bowls, while Larry Foote and Bubba Paris each played in three. 

    As the NFL playoffs continue, eight ex-Wolverines are still chasing Super Bowl stardom. 

    Let's see how they've got this far. 

Adrian Arrington, WR, New Orleans Saints

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    A great performance against Florida in the 2008 Capital One Bowl coupled with Lloyd Carr's retirement helped Arrington forego his reshirt season.

    Arrington had caught 100 passes for the Wolverines, including nine in the upset victory over Florida.

    A seventh-round draft choice by New Orleans in 2008, Arrington missed his first season due to an ankle injury and sat all of 2009.

    Arrington has played sparingly since and was on the roster of New Orleans' Super Bowl XLIV championship team.

    He's had nine career receptions before making one catch in the 42-28 win over Detroit Saturday in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

    Unfortunately, Arrington is  third on the depth chart behind Marques Colson, Lance Moore, Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson.

Zoltan Mesko, P, New England Patriots

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    A native of Romania, Zoltan Mesko moved to Ohio when he was 12.

    He punted for the Wolverines from 2006 through 2009, twice landing on the All-Big Ten team. 

    Mesko, who averaged 42.5 yards per punt in his Michigan career, was named on several All-American teams as a senior. 

    Drafted in 2010 by New England in the fifth round, Mesko has been the Patriots punter ever since. 

    A teammate of former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady, Mesko already holds a pair of NFL punting records. In 2010, he set the net rookie season average at 38.38 yards.  Currently, he holds the net career average at 39.9.

David Baas, C, New York Giants

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    David Baas had a fine career with the Wolverines, playing in three bowl games and finishing All-Big Ten three times. During his senior year, Baas was moved from guard to center, where he was a consensus All-American. Bass was also a co-winner of the Rimington Trophy, the same award which David Molk won this season.

    The 33rd pick in the 2005 draft, Baas played six years for San Francisco before moving to the New York Giants prior to this season.

    He missed five games during the regular season due to neck and knee problems, but is looking forward to a long playoff run. 

    "This is wonderful, it's great that we're NFC East champions, but we've moved on," Bass told Newsday. "

    We want to keep going. We want to go far. This is the first step...It's great, but it's only great if you go all the way in my opinion."

Jonathan Goodwin, C, San Francisco 49ers

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    Jonathan Goodwin is completing the 10th year of his NFL career.

    A versatile performer, Goodwin played center, both guard spots and right tackle. A fifth round pick of the Jets in 2002, Goodwin played five years in New York before heading to New Orleans in 2006. Goodwin played a part in New Orleans Super Bowl XLIV victory and was a reserve in the 2010 Pro Bowl.

    He signed with the 49ers at the start of this season, replacing another ex-Michigan center, David Baas.

    Goodwin was a two-year starter at guard for the Wolverines during the during the 2000 and 2001 seasons, then became a fifth-round pick of the Jets in 2002. 

Tim Jamison, DE, Houston Texans

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    Tim Jamison signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent prior to the 2009 season. During his three-year career, he's made a total of 36 tackles, including three sacks as backup defensive end.

    His saw limied action in Houston's recent 31-10 playoff victory, receiving credit for three tackles.

    At Michigan, he accounted for 128 tackles and 18 sacks. He was named co-captain for his senior year.

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants

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    In 2007, Mario Manningham introduced himself to Wolverine fans by catching the winning touchdown pass against previously undefeated Penn State. The talented freshman caught the 10-yard scoring strike from Chad Henne as time expired, giving Michigan the 27-25 win.

    He became known as a game changer by catching three touchdown passes in Michigan's 47-21 victory over Notre Dame the following season.

    Before foregoing his senior year, Manningham caught 72 passes as a junior, which included 12 touchdowns. Manningham was rewarded with All-Big Ten and All-American honors.

    Chosen in the third round of the 2008 draft by the Giants, Manningham has caught 160 passes in his three-year professional career, including 18 touchdown receptions. Manningham caught a 27-yard touchdown reception during the Giants 24-2 playoff win over Atlanta Sunday afternoon.   

Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay Packers

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    Accolades have come often to former Michigan cornerback, kick returner and wide receiver. 

    Charles Woodson has accumulated a Heisman Trophy, a shared national championship and Super Bowl ring. 

    Woodson completed a stellar career in 1997, leading the Wolverines to a perfect 12-0 season.

    He was the fourth player selected in the 1998 draft by Oakland and has since played eight seasons with the Raiders and the last six with Green Bay.  A seven-time All-Pro selection, Woodson has 54 interceptions to his credit.

    All that's missing from his bulging trophy case is a Super Bowl MVP trophy.  He'd like to join former Michigan stars Tom Brady and Desmond Howard who have two and one, respectively.  

    Woodson is also quite a philanthropist. In addition to running his charitable Charles Woodson Foundation, the Fremont, Ohio, product has donated more than $2 million to Michigan's Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor. 

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

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    Brady started his Michigan career seventh on the depth chart, well behind starter Brian Griese. He eventually beat out two-sport star Drew Henson for the starting job at the outset of his junior year.

    During the 1998 and 1999 seasons, Brady split with Ohio State and won both bowl games.

    As a senior, Brady set the Michigan record for most completions in a game. The record, which still stands, was set in the 2000 Orange Bowl, where the Wolverines topped Alabama, 35-34, in overtime.

    Brady completed 34-of-46 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns.

    Because he didn't hold Michigan's starting job for three or four consecutive years, he was only selected in Round 6 of the 2000 NFL draft.   

    He may have been the 199th player taken, but Brady has never looked back once he grabbed the Patriots' starting job. 

    His NFL career has been stunning. He's been named the Super Bowl MVP twice and has been a Pro Bowl selection seven times.

    He'll also be known for three Super Bowl rings and the "tuck" rule and is one of four NFL quarterbacks to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season. Dan Marino, Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford are the others.