Five Former Tiders In Super Bowl

The Super Bowl has a history of an Alabama flavor, dating back to former Crimson Tide quarterback Bart Starr being the MVP of the first championship game in 1967 and leading the Green Bay Packers to the first two titles. Best known is Joe Namath, who led the New York Jets to a dramatic victory over the Baltimore Coltsin the third game in 1969 that resulted in the merger of the NFL and AFL.

Two former Alabama players will be in Super Bowl XLV, which will be played Sunday between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. By the nature of the positions they play, they are less likely to be hero than goat.

Former Tide defensive back Anthony Madison (CB, 2002-05) plays for the American Football Conference champion Steelers. Madison is in his fifth year in the NFL and fourth with the Steelers. He made one start this season while playing in 16 games. Madison has 24 tackles with one sack and one interception in 2010.

The National Football Conference champion Green Bay Packers has one former Crimson Tide player, Charlie Peprah, on its roster. Peprah is the Packers starting safety and in his fifth season in the league. He has 63 tackles – 46 solo – this season along with two interceptions and five passes defended. Peprah starred for Alabama from 2002-05. He played in 50 games during his UA career, making 210 tackles, 26 pass breakups and nine interceptions.

The Super Bowl will also include three coaches with Crimson Tide ties, all with the Steelers.

They are assistant head coach and defensive line coach John Mitchell, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and special teams coach Amos Jones.

Mitchell played for the Crimson Tide in 1971 and 1972 and earned All-America honors at his defensive end position. He was inducted in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. This is the fourth Super Bowl appearance (Super Bowl XXX, Super Bowl XL, Super Bowl XLIII, Super Bowl XLV) in his 20-year NFL coaching career, which began on the same coaching staff with Alabama head coach Nick Saban in Cleveland in 1991.

Arians was a running backs coach for the Crimson Tide in 1981-82 and later served as Alabama's offensive coordinator in 1997.

Jones lettered for the Crimson Tide in 1980 and then served as the special teams coach under Gene Stallings in 1990-91.

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