Colledge, Hall Set For Super Bowl XLV

They played together at Boise State, and now guard Daryn Colledge and fullback Korey Hall take the field in professional football's biggest game, the Super Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Colledge and Hall will lead Green Bay this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

Former Boise State stars Daryn Colledge and Korey Hall are just hours away from playing the first Super Bowl of their careers. Both start for the Green Bay Packers who will be taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the annual game.

Colledge and Hall are the sixth and seventh former Broncos to play in a Super Bowl game; today marks the first time that two have played in the same Super Bowl. In 1976, Rolly Woolsey, cornerback of the Dallas Cowboys played in Super Bowl X as the Cowboys lost to the Steelers 21-17. In 1988, Markus Koch, starting defensive lineman for the Washington Redskins, helped the Skins win Super Bowl XXII over the Denver Broncos 42-10. In 1992, Koch helped the Redskins win Super Bowl XXVI over Buffalo 37-24. In 2005, safety Quintin Mikell of the Philadelphia Eagles played in Super Bowl XXXIX but lost to New England 24-21. In 2006, Kimo von Oelhoffen, defensive tackle of the Steelers, helped Pittsburgh defeated Seattle 21-10 in Super Bowl XL.

Colledge started 52 consecutive games at Boise State from 2002-2005, one of the longest streaks in college football history. In that time, the Broncos were 31-1 in Western Athletic Conference play and 45-7 overall and won four consecutive WAC championships. Colledge was named to the All-WAC second-team in 2003 and was a first round choice in 2004 and 2005.

He was a third-team Freshman All-American in 2002, starting all 13 games at left tackle and helping Boise State post a 12-1 record and #12 ranking. The following season, the Broncos were 13-1 and finished #15 in the country. In 2004, Colledge helped the Broncos reach the Liberty Bowl against Louisville and led the team to an 11-1 mark and #12 final ranking. Following the season, Daryn was named as an All-American. In 2005, the Broncos were 9-4 despite having only four senior starters. Colledge was on the preseason watch lists for the 2005 Outland and Rotary Lombardi trophies. He played in the East-West Shrine game as a senior.

Daryn was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Packers, the 47th player chosen overall. He was named to the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team in 2006. Since leaving Boise State, Colledge has never missed a game in the NFL, a total of 83 straight games. He has started 79 of those 83 games. Over the past two years, Daryn has helped Packers become the first team in NFL history to have a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,200-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers in back-to-back seasons.

Daryn and his wife Megan are expecting their first child in July. Colledge was named the Packers' 2009 Walter Payton Man of the Year, the only league award that honors off-the-field community service as well as playing excellence. Colledge is starting today at left guard for the Packers opposite BYU's Brett Kaisel.

Hall was one of the greatest walk-on-to-star success stories of many at Boise State. He played at Glenns Ferry High School near Boise and after impressing Boise State coaches, became a four-year starter for the Broncos at linebacker. Hall was an All-WAC performer for three consecutive seasons. In 2005, he led the Broncos with 106 tackles, 5 for loss, and had 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and three pass breakups. He was on watch lists for the Lott Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award. In 2006, Korey was on preseason watch lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Lott Trophy. He was named the 10th-best inside linebacker in the country heading into his senior season by The Sporting News. He was named WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 after leading the team with 106 tackles with 6.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks and six interceptions. Hall is tied for ninth with those six interceptions in a season and is the only linebacker in the top 15.

Hall helped Boise State to a perfect 13-0 record in 2006 that culminated with a win over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. It was Hall's tipped pass that resulted in a Marty Tadman touchdown late in the first half. Korey finished his stellar Boise State career with 394 tackles, #4 all-time.

Hall was drafted in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft and they switched him to fullback. In his rookie season, Korey saw considerable action on special teams, where he was the third leading special teams tackler for the Packers. He started 10 games in 2007 and finished with eight catches for 49 yards. Hall scored his first NFL touchdown on a one-yard pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers in 2008. For Rodgers, who starts today for the Packers, it was also his first career touchdown pass. Hall finished 2008 with seven catches for 38 yards and had five catches for 41 yards last season.

Hall, who is coming back from an injury, should be ready to go at fullback for the Packers today. Colledge and Hall were both recently selected to the All-Time Boise State Football Team in a vote of Bronco fans. Best of luck to Daryn and Korey as they compete in Super Bowl XLV!

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