Michigan Football: 4 Former Wolverines to Watch in the Super Bowl

Austin FoxCorrespondent IIJanuary 25, 2013

Michigan Football: 4 Former Wolverines to Watch in the Super Bowl

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    As we all know, Michigan has former players scattered throughout the NFL, so it's no surprise that a few wound up playing or coaching in the Super Bowl this year.

    Heck, even one of the head coaches is a former Wolverine star quarterback.

    Here's a closer look at the four Michigan men that are at least somehow closely involved in this Super Bowl, and a brief overview on each.

Andy Moeller

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    Yes, Andy is the son of former Michigan coach Gary Moeller, and is also a former player for the Wolverines.

    Andy is currently serving as the offensive line coach for the Ravens. He has bounced around a bit in terms of coaching stops but has been in Baltimore since 2008.

    Unfortunately, just like his father, Andy has had a few alcohol related offenses with the law. In fact the NFL actually suspended him for the first two games of the 2011 season.

    Hopefully he can put that behind him and continue to have many successful years of coaching.

Jonathan Goodwin

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    Jonathan Goodwin is an offensive linemen for the 49ers that we will see in the Super Bowl.

    Now 34 years old, the veteran was originally drafted by the Jets in the 2002 NFL draft. Already having one Super Bowl ring, Goodwin will be going for his second as he takes the field on Feb. 3.

    Goodwin has enjoyed a long and productive NFL career and has obviously matured since his days at Michigan.

    Honestly, if it wasn't for Lloyd Carr he may not be where he is today. Carr gave Goodwin a second chance after a felony case in 1999 in which he was let back on the team.

    Again, Goodwin has clearly grown up since then and is now having an outstanding career.

Mario Manningham

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    Everybody remembers the role Manningham played in last year's Super Bowl en route to helping the Giants beat the Patriots.

    He has wound up in the Super Bowl once again this year, albeit with a different team. Unfortunately, Manningham won't be able to participate, though.

    He tore his ACL and PCL in his left leg in December and was lost for the season.

    Manningham will always be remembered at Michigan for his big plays and playmaking abilities. He seemingly took over games at times, constantly coming up with big catches from 2005 through 2007.

    It's a shame that injuries are keeping him out of this year's Super Bowl, but at least he has wound up there once again.

Jim Harbaugh

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    Love him or hate him, there's no denying that Jim Harbaugh is one heck of a coach.

    Sure, some of his comments regarding Michigan a few years back may have rubbed some people the wrong way, but he was once a star quarterback for the Wolverines.

    Since his playing days, Harbaugh has enjoyed many successful years of coaching, both at the college and pro level.

    He recently took a horrendous Stanford football program and turned it into a powerhouse. After being rumored for the Michigan coaching job, he then turned to the pros and took the San Francisco job.

    The results were immediate. He took the 49ers to the NFC championship in his first season, and now has them in the Super Bowl in his second.

    The main storyline is that he is coaching against his brother, John. Nothing has been seen like this before at this level.

    Jim's strange antics and upbeat personality may get under people's skin at times, but he is arguably the best coach in football right now.