Super Bowl 50 Fun: College Alma Maters of the Players

College Alma Maters of Super Bowl 50 Players | JLV College Counseling BlogOn Feb. 7, 2016, millions of people will be watching Super Bowl 50. The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers will be competing for the Vince Lombardy Trophy and the title of Super Bowl Champions. For fun, I thought it would be interesting to see what colleges the players from both teams attended before playing in the NFL.

Not surprisingly, many of the players attended “big name” colleges – known for their athletic and academic programs. However, there are some who attended less well-known colleges. Some players attended community colleges before transferring to four-year colleges, while others transferred from one four-year university to another four-year institution. And, one player did not even play college football. Below are the colleges the players from each team competing in Super Bowl 50 attended before they entered the NFL.

Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning: University of Tennessee
Brock Osweiler: Arizona State University
Trevor Siemian: Northwestern University

Running Backs
C.J. Anderson: Laney College (Community College) | University of California, Berkeley
Ronnie Hillman: San Diego State University
Juwan Thompson: Duke University

Wide Receivers
Andre Caldwell: University of Florida
Bennie Fowler: Michigan State University
Cody Latimer: Indiana University
Jordan Norwood: Pennsylvania State University
Emmanuel Sanders: Southern Methodist University
Demaryius Thomas: Georgia Institute of Technology

Tight Ends
Owen Daniels: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vernon Davis: University of Maryland
Virgil Green: University of Nevada

Offensive Line
Sam Brenner: University of Utah
James Ferentz: University of Iowa
Max Garcia: University of Maryland | University of Florida
Evan Mathis: University of Alabama
Robert Myers, Jr.: Tennessee State University
Matt Paradis: Boise State University
Louis Vasquez: Texas Tech University

Defensive Line
Ryan Harris: University of Notre Dame
Malik Jackson: University of Southern California | University of Tennessee
Darius Kilgo: University of Maryland
Tyler Polumbus: University of Colorado at Boulder
Michael Schofield: University of Michigan
Antonio Smith: Oklahoma State University
Vance Walker: Georgia Institute of Technology
Sylvester Williams: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Derek Wolfe: University of Cincinnati

Shaquil Barrett: University of Nebraska, Omaha | Colorado State University
Todd Davis: Sacramento State University
Brandon Marshall: University of Nevada
Lerentee McCray: University of Florida
Von Miller: Texas A&M University
Corey Nelson: University of Oklahoma
Shane Ray: University of Missouri
Danny Trevathan: University of Kentucky
DeMarcus Ware: Troy University

Lorenzo Doss: Tulane University
Chris Harris, Jr.: University of Kansas
Taurean Nixon: Tulane University
Bradley Roby: The Ohio State University
Aqib Talib: University of Kansas
Kayvon Webster: University of South Florida

Josh Bush: Wake Forest University
Shiloh Keo: University of Idaho
Darian Stewart: University of South Carolina
T.J. Ward: University of Oregon

Special Teams
Aaron Brewer: San Diego State University
Britton Colquitt: University of Tennessee
Brandon McManus: Temple University

Carolina Panthers

Derek Anderson: Oregon State University
Cam Newton: University of Florida | Blinn College (Community College) | Auburn University
Joe Webb: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Running Backs
Cameron Artis-Payne: Allan Hancock College (Community College) | Allan Hancock College
Jonathan Stewart: University of Oregon
Mike Tolbert: Coastal Carolina University
Brandon Wegher: Morningside College | University of Iowa
Fozzy Whittaker: University of Texas at Austin

Wide Receivers
Brenton Bersin: Wofford College
Philly Brown: The Ohio State University
Jerricho Cotchery: North Carolina State University
Devin Funchess: University of Michigan
Ted Ginn, Jr.: The Ohio State University
Kevin Norwood: University of Alabama

Tight Ends
Ed Dickson: University of Oregon
Greg Olsen: University of Notre Dam | University of Miami
Scott Simonson: Assumption College

Offensive Line
Ryan Kalil: University of Southern California
Andrew Norwell: The Ohio State University
Michael Oher: University of Mississippi
Mike Remmers: Oregon State University
Chris Scott: University of Tennessee
Trai Turner: Louisiana State University
Fernando Velasco: University of Georgia
Daryl Williams: University of Oklahoma

Defensive Line
Mario Addison: Northeast Mississippi Community College | Troy University
Jared Allen: Idaho State University
Ryan Delaire: Towson University
Kony Ealy: University of Missouri
Dwan Edwards: Oregon State University
Charles Johnson: University of Georgia
Star Lotulelei: University of Utah
Kyle Love: Mississippi State University
Kawann Short: Purdue University

Thomas Davis: University of Georgia
Ben Jacobs: Fresno State University
A.J. Klein: Iowa State University
Luke Kuechly: Boston College
David Mayo: Texas State University
Shaq Thompson: University of Washington

Cortland Finnegan: Samford University
Robert McClain: University of Connecticut
Josh Norman: Horry-Georgetown Technical College (Tech College) | Coastal Carolina University
Teddy Williams: University of Texas at San Antonio (did not play football)
Lou Young: Georgia Institute of Technology

Tre Boston: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kurt Coleman: The Ohio State University
Roman Harper: University of Alabama
Colin Jones: Texas Christian University
Dean Marlowe: James Madison University

Special Teams
Graham Gano: Florida State University
J.J. Jansen: Notre Dame University
Brad Nortman: University of Wisconsin-Madison


Any surprises? Did any of them attend a college you are considering? Let me know by leaving a comment.

Sources: Denver Broncos Roster, Carolina Panthers Roster

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