As I was nosing through some of the stats and information relating to Sunday’s festivities, I noticed something rather intriguing heading into Super Bowl XLIX.
For the first time in the 49-year history of pro football’s pinnacle, quarterbacks hailing from the Big Ten conference will line up across from each other hoping to hold the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the night.
Bewildered by this finding, I decided to check out some other little-known (or maybe well-known for the true die-hard fans) facts regarding Big Ten quarterbacks throughout the history of the Super Bowl.
If you were unaware of this as I was, you might find these points interesting as well:
- Tom Brady (Michigan) and Russell Wilson (Wisconsin) will be the first starting quarterbacks from Big Ten schools to face off against each other in the Super Bowl.
- A Big Ten quarterback has been the starter for 20 of the 98 teams to ever play in the Super Bowl, the highest total of any current NCAA conference.
- The most represented schools on the NFL’s grandest stage are Purdue and Michigan, each being the alma mater of a Super Bowl quarterback six times. (Brady is responsible for all of Michigan’s appearances).
- The Big Ten’s current record in Super Bowl games is 8-10, with a quarterback present in 18 games prior to 2o15.
- Of the current 14-team makeup of the conference, eight of those schools have had a quarterback to start in the Super Bowl.
- Purdue has seen its quarterbacks hold the Lombardi Trophy more than any other conference team with four total wins.
- Though it’s football history and tradition is illustrious, Ohio State has never been the alma mater of a Super Bowl starting quarterback.
- Russell Wilson becomes the third Big Ten quarterback to reach the Super Bowl in back-to-back season, joining Bob Griese (1972, 1973) and Tom Brady (2004, 2005)
- Purdue, Michigan and Wisconsin are the only Big Ten schools with a winning record in the Super Bowl (Purdue 4-2, Michigan 3-2, Wisconsin 1-0)
- In addition to Ohio State, conference teams Indiana, Rutgers, Northwestern, Iowa, and Minnesota have never been home to a Super Bowl quarterback.
- Tom Brady has more Super Bowl appearances than any other quarterback in Big Ten history, making his sixth start in 2015. He also holds the record for most wins with three and MVP awards with two.
- Michigan State, Penn State, Nebraska, Illinois and Maryland have all had a quarterback appear in a Super Bowl game but have never won.
- Purdue’s Len Dawson, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, represented the conference in Super Bowl I in 1967.
- Four times a Big Ten quarterback has been named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
- The lowest point total for a team in a Super Bowl is three, held by the Miami Dolphins in 1972 in a 24-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Purdue’s Bob Griese was the quarterback for the Dolphins.
- Maryland is the only team to have multiple Super Bowl losses without a win (1989 Boomer Esiason, 1996 Neil O’Donnell)
- Drew Brees and Tom Brady have each completed 32 passes in a Super Bowl game, tying them for the record in that category.
- Regardless of Super Bowl XLIX’s outcome, the conference will be 9-11 in Super Bowl games.
Now that you know (or maybe you already knew) some of the most interesting facts about Big Ten quarterbacks, you are surely prepared to stump your friends at your Super Bowl party and quickly turn into the genius of the group….or maybe the most annoying guy in the room.