The big game is coming up on Sunday, and like many in the midwest, you might not be sure just who to root for. The Patriots are seemingly there every year. Tom Brady and his five rings are tough to cheer for. But the Rams? Many people might be fooled by their young head coach and talented team. But we know this team should still reside in St. Louis. So how can we root for them? Well, why not root for the team with the most former Iowa Hawkeye players?

Taking into account the active roster and the practice squad, Iowa has more former players in this year's Super Bowl than any other college program. Let that sink in for a minute. The Patriots have the most former Hawkeyes, and that makes sense since Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz was a coach there and head coach Kirk Ferentz's ties to Bill Belichick too. Defensive end Adrian Clayborn plays a prominent roll in the New England defense. He's no stranger to Super Bowls either. He played in one for Atlanta too. James Ferentz is also on the New England roster. He also played in a Super Bowl, with Denver, back in 2016. On the practice squad for the Patriots are former Hawkeyes Cole Croston and Riley McCarron.

The Rams bring two former Hawkeyes with them, most notably starting guard Austin Blythe who has had a break out year in Sean McVay's offense. He's rated the 10th best guard in the NFL. Not bad for a guy cut by the Colts after one season. One the L.A. practice squad is former Iowa tight end Henry Krieger-Coble.

So you can cheer for both teams on Sunday. Just know that a former Hawkeye will help lead one team to a Super Bowl title!


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