NFL Playoffs Week 2: Alabama High Schools Return to Super Bowl

Neither Alabama nor Auburn are guaranteed to have a former player in Super Bowl LVII on February 12. Neither do any of the state’s other college football programs.

But there will be alumni from Alabama High School in the NFL’s title game for the 17th straight year, and at least one will walk off the field at State Farm Stadium as the world champion.

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As the NFL begins the second round of its 2022 season playoffs on Saturday, 15 players from Alabama high schools are on the active rosters of the remaining eight teams. Each team has at least one to ensure the streak of representation continues and a Super Bowl ring is won.

In the previous 56 Super Bowls, 97 players from 75 Alabama high schools were on the active rosters of participating teams.

Of the Alabama college alumni on the active rosters of the eight remaining teams, Alabama has 10 players, Auburn has four, and Jacksonville State, Samford, South Alabama and UAB have one each. Auburn has the longest active Super Bowl attendance of any state college. There has been a former Tiger on the field in each of the previous seven Super Bowls.

Based on the active rosters of the 14 playoff teams prior to the Super Wild Card weekend games, LSU had 24 alumni in the playoffs, with fellow SEC members Georgia providing 22 postseason players and Alabama providing 20. Georgia from the AFC side and Notre Dame from the NFC side was the only program that ensured an active player attended the Super Bowl.

According to last weekend’s results, Clemson and Ohio State have the most alumni still playing at 14 each. Georgia and Oklahoma each have 12 former players on active rosters.

Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and West Virginia have joined the list of programs committed to sending an active-roster alumnus to Super Bowl LVII. But no program has yet been assured of producing a winner in this season’s NFL championship game.

Players with Alabama football roots on the rosters of the remaining playoff teams include:

AFC

buffalo bills

· Jared Mayden, Security, Alabama

· Siran Neal, cornerback, Eufaula, Jacksonville

Cincinnati Bengal

· Allan George, cornerback, Andalusia

· Evan McPherson, Kicker, Fort Payne

· Cam Taylor-Britt, cornerback, Park Crossing

· Jonah Williams, offensive tackle, Alabama

Jacksonville Jaguars

· Josh Allen, defender/full-back, Abbeville

· practice team: Gerrit Prince, Tight End, UAB

· Reserved/blocked by client: Calvin Ridley, wide receiver, Alabama

· Reserve/Injured: Cam Robinson, offensive tackle, Alabama

· Reserve/Injured: Jordan Smith, defensive end/outside linebacker, UAB

· Daniel Thomas, Security, Lee-Montgomery, Auburn

· practice team: Deionte Thompson, Security, Alabama

· Darious Williams, cornerback, UAB

· practice team: Darryl Williams, Center, Bessemer City

· practice team: Seth Williams, wide receivers, Paul Bryant, Auburn

Kansas City bosses

· Reserve/Injured: Justyn Ross, wide receiver, Central-Phenix City

Kadarius Toney, wide receiver, Blount

Prince Tega Wanogho, offensive tackle, Edgewood Academy, Auburn

NFC

Dallas Cowboys

Trevon Diggs, cornerback, Alabama

· practice team: Anthony Rush, defensive tackle, UAB

· Jalen Tolbert, wide receiver, McGill-Toolen, South Alabama

· Sam Williams, defensive end, Lee Montgomery

New York Giants

· Landon Collins, Security, Alabama

· practice team: Korey Cunningham, offensive tackle, Montevallo

· Cor’Dale Flott, cornerback, Saraland

· Xavier McKinney, Security, Alabama

· Evan Neal, offensive tackle, Alabama

· Reserve/Injured: Aaron Robinson, cornerback, Alabama

· Darius Slayton, wide receiver, Auburn

· Reserve/Injured: Nick Williams, defender, Minor, Samford

Philly Eagles

· Reed Blankenship, Security, West Limestone

James Bradberry, cornerback, Pleasant Grove, Samford

· Landon Dickerson, Warden, Alabama

· Jack Driscoll, attacking lineman, Auburn

Jalen Hurts, quarterback, Alabama

· Josh Jobe, cornerback, Alabama

· Reserve/Injured: Arryn Siposs, punter, Auburn

· DeVonta Smith, wide receiver, Alabama

· Quez Watkins, wide receiver, Athens

San Francisco 49ers

· practice team: Jackrabbit Jenkins, Cornerback, North Alabama

· Reserve/Injured: Jordan Matthews, Tight End, Madison Academy

· Jimmie Ward, Security, Davidson

Each NFL team may promote two practice squad members to active status for each game.

The results and schedule for the NFL playoffs (with all times Central and point spreads by Catena):

SUPER WILD CARD WEEKEND

Saturday January 14th

· NFC: No. 2 San Francisco 49ers 41, No. 7 Seattle Seahawks 23

· AFC: No. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars 31, No. 5 Los Angeles Chargers 30

Sunday January 15th

· AFC: #2 Buffalo Bills 34, #7 Miami Dolphins 31

· NFC: No. 6 New York Giants 31, No. 3 Minnesota Vikings 24

· AFC: No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals 24, No. 6 Baltimore Ravens 17

Monday 16 January

· NFC: #5 Dallas Cowboys 31, #4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14

GAME PLAYOFFS

Saturday January 21st

· AFC: No. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars (10-8) at No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs (14-3), 3:30 p.m. (NBC, Peacock, Universo) Line: bosses up to 9

· NFC: No. 6 New York Giants (10-7-1) at No. 1 Philadelphia Eagles (14-3), 7:15 p.m. (FOX, FOX Deportes) Line: Eagle on 7.5.

Sunday January 22nd

· AFC: No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals (13-4) at No. 2 Buffalo Bills (14-3), 2 p.m. (CBS, Paramount+) Line: Invoices until 5.5.

· NFC: No. 5 Dallas Cowboys (13-5) at No. 2 San Francisco 49ers (14-4), 5:30 p.m. (FOX, FOX Deportes) Line: 49 times 4.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sunday January 29th

· NFC: 2 p.m. (FOX, FOX Deportes)

· AFC: 5:30 p.m. (CBS, Paramount+)

SUPER BOWL LVII

Sunday February 12th

AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion, 5:30 p.m. at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (FOX, FOX Deportes)

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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