Ypsilanti native Cullen Jenkins, several former Michigan and Eastern Michigan players headed to the Super Bowl
President Barack Obama might not be going to the Super Bowl, but Washtenaw County will have plenty of representation.
Obama said last week after a White House meeting with President Hu Jintao of China that he would attend the Super Bowl if his hometown Chicago Bears beat Green Bay in Sunday's NFC Championship game.
Former Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson had a little fun with Obama's proclamation after his Packers won 21-14. Now, he's looking forward to the possibility of making a visit to White House as a Super Bowl champion.
"Now check this," Woodson told his teammates in a post-game video captured by Packers.com. "If the President don’t want to come watch us in the Super Bowl, guess what? We’re gonna go see him."
Woodson is one of a number of players with Washtenaw County ties headed to Cowboys Stadium on Feb. 6.
Ypsilanti native Cullen Jenkins, who played at Belleville High School and Central Michigan, is a starting defensive end for the Packers.
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Former Michigan defensive end LaMarr Woodley knows a thing or two about sacks. The Saginaw native took down Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez in Pittsburgh's 24-19 AFC Championship win. That gave Woodley a sack in six straight postseason games, an NFL record.
"Not bad for a fourth-year guy," Woodley said in a post-game interview. (Video)
Another former Michigan player, Larry Foote, is part of the same Steelers' linebacker corp. Safety Ryan Mundy, who spent four years at Michigan before transferring to West Virginia for his final year of eligibility, is also a member of the Pittsburgh defense.
Eastern Michigan also has a player on each side of the Super Bowl matchup.
Lang, who played less than 80 snaps this season, replaced injured left tackle Chad Clifton in the first quarter of Sunday's championship game. He went head-to-head with Chicago’s Julius Peppers for three possessions, the third resulting in a touchdown that gave the Packers a 14-point lead.
Another local tie: Packers’ wide receiver Greg Jennings, who played at Western Michigan, is the cousin of Pioneer High School football coach Jeremy Gold.