The Iowa Hawkeyes will be well represented in the Super Bowl this year.
Of the four teams still left in the NFL playoffs, three have former Iowa players playing vital roles.
The New York Jets have one. The Minnesota Vikings have a couple, so do the Indianapolis Colts. The New Orleans Saints don't have any, but are going to soon wish they did.
That means—regardless of this weekend's outcome in the AFC or NFC championship games—Hawkeye fans will have someone to cheer for this NFL post season.
At a time of year when college football fans start to convulse from withdrawal symptoms, Hawkeye fans still have a lot to cheer for.
Damn, it feels good to be a Hawkeye.
Former Hawkeyes Shonn Greene, Chad Greenway, Albert Young, Dallas Clark, and Bob Sanders all have a legitimate shot at winning a Super Bowl ring this year, something every fan in the Hawkeye Nation would be proud of.
All five of these guys made a lasting impression at the University of Iowa, and all are deserving of a ring.
Greene's story is the most talked about this year. Two years ago, he was moving furniture in Cedar Rapids, IA, for roughly $10 an hour. Now, he makes millions playing for the Jets.
In his rookie season, Greene had to step up and fill in for an injured starter, and he has made the most of it—all while remaining as humble as ever. Greene has rushed for 420 yards and two touchdowns in his last four games, taking pressure off fellow rookie Mark Sanchez.
The Jets face the Colts this Sunday, and thankfully for Greene their best defender is still sidelined. Hawkeye fans would have been hard pressed to choose who to root for between the hard-hitting running style of Greene versus the hard-hitting, bone-breaking tackling done by Bob Sanders.
Sanders is arguably the Iowa Hawkeye Player of the Decade, but he had to undergo elbow surgery, sidelining him indefinitely. Thankfully, one of his teammates is a former Hawkeye, too.
Colts' tight end Dallas Clark was selected to the Pro Bowl this year after catching over 100 passes on the season. He is arguably the best tight end in the NFL right now.
The Vikings have a few former Iowa players, as well. Linebacker Chad Greenway led the team with 99 tackles this season. He has been a dominate defensive force since he entered the NFL.
Minnesota's squad also includes former Iowa running back Albert Young, who plays backup to Adrian Peterson.
The Saints aren't wise enough to have a Hawkeye on their squad.
Good luck winning the Super Bowl, chumps.