Super Bowl XLIII kicks off today between the Cardinals and Steelers with a decided ACC flair. The ACC has 22 players on the teams' rosters and one head coach, Ken Whisenhunt who played at Georgia Tech.
FSU leads ACC schools with five players, highlighted by Arizona WR Anquan Boldin. Surprisingly, Duke has two players in the game.
Alabama leads SEC schools with four players. The ACC is tied with the Big 10 with 22 players each. The SEC has 14, the Pac-10 has 11, and the Big 12 has 10.
Rivals.com did a very interesting look at where the players played in college and high school. Michigan leads all schools with 7 players, followed by FSU (5), Alabama, and Texas (4 each).
The states of Texas and Florida have 11 players each, followed by California (10), Ohio (8), Georgia, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania (6).
Rivals.com Super Bowl Roster Breakdown
And ESPN ranked all 106 active players.
ACC Players by school:
|Florida State (5)|
|Anquan Boldin||Wide Receiver||Arizona Cardinals|
|Darnell Dockett||Defensive Tackle||Arizona Cardinals|
|Bryant McFadden||Cornerback||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Orpheus Roye||Defensive Tackle||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Lawrence Timmons||Linebacker||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Calais Campbell||Defensive End||Arizona Cardinals|
|Edgerrin James||Running Back||Arizona Cardinals|
|Antrel Rolle||Free Safety||Arizona Cardinals|
|North Carolina (3)|
|Willie Parker||Running Back||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Jeff Reed||Kicker||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Greg Warren||Long Snapper||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Elton Brown||Offensive Tackle||Arizona Cardinals|
|James Farrior||Linebacker||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Heath Miller||Tight End||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Boston College (2)|
|Patrick Ross||Center||Arizona Cardinals|
|Brian St. Pierre||Quarterback||Arizona Cardinals|
|Patrick Bailey||Linebacker||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Ben Patrick||Tight End||Arizona Cardinals|
|NC State (1)|
|Adrian Wilson||Safety||Arizona Cardinals|
|Virginia Tech (1)|
|Eric Green||Cornerback||Arizona Cardinals|
|Georgia Tech (1)|
|Keyaron Fox||Linebacker||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Nick Eason||Defensive End||Pittsburgh Steelers|