The legacy of Penn State football success on the professional level has continued into 2014 as the Nittany Lions will again be represented on the biggest stage in sports. Michael Robinson and Jordan Hill, who both play for the Seattle Seahawks, will suit up for Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on February 2 for a shot at a championship ring.
Robinson and Hill’s inclusion in the big game marks the 43rd time in 48 NFL seasons that a Penn State player will take part in the Super Bowl. In all, 35 Nittany Lions hold Super Bowl rings, one of the most coveted team accomplishments in professional sports. The Seahawks defeated the division rival San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night to earn a spot in the championship game in East Rutherford, NJ.
The Super Bowl has included a former Penn Stater in 17 of the last 19 seasons with the most recent Nittany Lion to win a ring coming in 2012 when Karreem McKenzie and Jimmy Kennedy helped the New York Giants defeat the New England Patriots.
Robinson, a quarterback at Penn State who saw playing time at just about every offensive position, has mainly played fullback in the NFL. He was drafted with the 100th overall pick by San Francisco back in 2006 and has been with Seattle since 2010, making the Pro Bowl in 2011. He has 422 career rushing yards with two touchdowns on the ground along with 75 catches for 610 yards and three scores. Robinson is a solid blocker out of the backfield and has been an important contributor to the Seahawks in recent years.
Hill, on the other hand, is a rookie after being drafted in the third round this past April by the Seahawks. Hill was an All-Big Ten honoree in 2012 for his strong play at defensive tackle for the Nittany Lions. He finished his rookie regular season with seven tackles and 1.5 sacks, playing in a relatively limited role for most of the year.
Including Robinson and Hill, ten Nittany Lions were on the rosters of seven teams that made the NFL playoffs this season. For all of you Penn Staters that have no real rooting interest in this year’s Super Bowl with your favorite team eliminated, consider adopting the Seahawks two Sundays from now and pulling for two of our own to head home with some new jewelry.