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Former Nebraska Huskers in the NFL Playoffs

January 7, 2019
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Nebraska has had 61 former players make 78 appearances in the Super Bowl, dating back to Super Bowl II following the 1967 season. Of the 52 Super Bowls to date, former Huskers have appeared in 40. 

More recently, a former Husker has been on a Super Bowl roster every year dating back to 1993. It’s the longest streak of any collegiate program at this time. Will that streak extend in 2019?

Nebraska has 11 players on the rosters of NFL playoff teams. That includes both the active roster, as well as the practice squad and injured reserved. Let’s take a look at those players who have a chance at extending Nebraska’s Super Bowl streak.


 

Prince Amukamara

Cornerback | Chicago Bears

Amukamara joined Chicago on March 10, 2017. He had previously been with the New York Giants from the 2011 season through the 2015 season, and spent the 2016 season with Jacksonville.

In his second season with the Bears, Amukamara has started 15 games and has three interceptions, two forced fumbles and 71 tackles.

Wild Card: Bears vs. Eagles, Sunday, Jan. 6 at 3:40 p.m. CT on NBC

Outcome: Eagles 16, Bears 15

 

Rex Burkhead

Running Back | New England Patriots

Burkhead spent four seasons with the Cincinatti Bengals before signing with the New England Patriots on March 14, 2017.

Burkhead injured his neck during Week 3 of this season against the Detroit Lions. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 26 and was placed back on the active roster on Nov. 26. In the final five games of the year, Burkhead had 100 rushing yards, 100 reception yards and one touchdown.

Divisional Round: Patriots vs. Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 13 at 12:05 p.m. CT on CBS

 

Maliek Collins

Defensive Tackle | Dallas Cowboys

Collins has been with the Cowboys since he was drafted in third round (67th overall) of the 2016 NFL draft. He started in nine games this season, adding 19 tackles and three sacks.

Wild Card: Cowboys vs. Seahawks, Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7:15 p.m. CT on FOX

Outcome: Cowboys 24, Seahawks 22

Divisional Round: Cowboys vs. Rams, Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:15 p.m. CT on FOX

 

Nathan Gerry

Linebacker | Philadelphia Eagles

Gerry is in his second season with the Eagles. He was drafted by Philadelphia in the fifth round, 184th overall, in the 2017 NFL Draft. He has 23 tackles on the season so far.

Gerry is also part of Nebraska’s Super Bowl appearance streak, having won the Super Bowl as a rookie in 2017. Can he and his team repeat?

Wild Card: Eagles vs. Bears, Sunday, Jan. 6 at 3:40 p.m. CT on NBC

Outcome: Eagles 16, Bears 15

Divisional Round: Eagles vs. Saints, Sunday, Jan. 13 at 3:40 p.m. CT on FOX

 

Randy Gregory

Defensive End | Dallas Cowboys

Gregory has been with the Cowboys since he was drafted in the second round (60th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft. However, he spent his rookie season battling injuries and then was suspended for most of the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Despite the rollercoaster start to his career, Gregory has played in 14 games during the 2018 season with 25 tackles and six sacks.

Wild Card: Cowboys vs. Seahawks, Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7:15 p.m. CT on FOX

Outcome: Cowboys 24, Seahawks 22

Divisional Round: Cowboys vs. Rams, Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:15 p.m. CT on FOX

 

Stanley Jean-Baptiste

Cornerback | Baltimore Ravens

Jean-Baptiste has had quite the NFL career to date. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round (58th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was later released by the Saints on Sept. 5, 2015. Since then, he’s been with the Detroit Lions (2015), Seattle Seahawks (2015-16), Kansas City Chiefs (2017), Jacksonville Jaguars (2017) and Baltimore Ravens (2017-present).

While it appeared as if the 2018 season would finally be the one Jean-Baptiste made an active roster, a broken arm in the preseason placed him on injured reserve.

Wild Card: Ravens vs. Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 6 at 12:05 p.m. CT on CBS

Outcome: Chargers 23, Ravens 17

 

Sam Koch

Punter | Baltimore Ravens

After walking on at Nebraska, Koch was drafted in the sixth round (203rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. In his 13th season with Baltimore, he’s averaging 47.4 yards per punt.

In his career, Koch holds the Ravens’ franchise records for most career punt yards (38,989), longest career punt (74 yards) and highest career yards per punt average (45.2).

Wild Card: Ravens vs. Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 6 at 12:05 p.m. CT on CBS

Outcome: Chargers 23, Ravens 17

 

Alex Lewis

Offensive Guard | Baltimore Ravens

Lewis was drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round (130th overall pick) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played in 10 games with eight starts during his rookie season before an ankle injury kept him out of the final six weeks.

Since then, Lewis has battled injuries in 2017 and 2018. After starting 10 games in 2018, he was injured mid-October with what was thought to be a serios neck injury. The injury was thankfully not as serious as originally thought, but he’s still missed the final four of the Ravens’ games.

Wild Card: Ravens vs. Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 6 at 12:05 p.m. CT on CBS

Outcome: Chargers 23, Ravens 17

 

Brett Maher

Kicker | Dallas Cowboys

Maher was originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets in 2013, but was released only a couple of months later. He signed with the Cowboys in 2013, but was released less than a month after. Maher instead headed to the CFL, where he spent time with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Ottawa Redblacks and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. After a short time with the Cleveland Browns in 2017, he returned to Ottawa for a second stint.

Patience paid off for Maher though. The Cowboys signed him again on April 4, 2018 and he’s been successful since. Maher is 29-of-36 on field goals this season, as well as 32-of-33 on extra points. Even more impressive, he’s 6-of-7 from 50-plus yards, and recently his a 62-yard field goal.

Wild Card: Cowboys vs. Seahawks, Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7:15 p.m. CT on FOX

Outcome: Cowboys 24, Seahawks 22

Divisional Round: Cowboys vs. Rams, Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:15 p.m. CT on FOX

 

Matt Slauson

Offensive Guard | Indianapolis Colts

Slauson was originally drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He’s also been with the Chicago Bears and San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers before signing with the Colts on March 20, 2018.

After starting five games this season, Slauson broke two vertebrae in his spine and was placed on injured reserve.

Wild Card: Colts vs. Texans, Saturday, Jan. 5 at 3:35 p.m. CT on ESPN

Outcome: Colts 21, Texans 7

Divisional Round: Colts vs. Chiefs, Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3:35 p.m. CT on NBC

 

Ndamukong Suh

Nose Tackle | Los Angeles Rams

Suh was drafted second overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He spent five seasons with Detroit before signing with the Miami Dolphins in 2015. After three seasons in Miami, he signed a one-year deal worth $14 million with the Los Angeles Rams on March 26, 2018.

Suh started all 16 games for the Rams in 2018. He has 57 tackles and 4.5 sacks on the season so far.

Divisional Round: Rams vs. Cowboys, Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:15 p.m. CT on FOX

 
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