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Posted on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 : 4 p.m.

Ypsilanti native Cullen Jenkins, several former Michigan and Eastern Michigan players headed to the Super Bowl

By Rich Rezler

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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Lamarr Woodley returned to Michigan to coach at the Michigan Alumni Flag Football Game last April. On Feb. 6, he'll play in his second Super Bowl.

AnnArbor.com file photo

Jenkins missed the last four games of the regular season because of a calf injury but returned for the Packers' playoff run. The seventh-year pro recorded a career-high seven sacks despite playing with a cast to protect a broken hand sustained in the season opener at Philadelphia.
 

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.

Former quarterback Charlie Batch is a backup with the Steelers and offensive lineman T.J. Lang plays for the Packers.

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.

Comments

Dusty

Wed, Jan 26, 2011 : 5:24 a.m.

You know, the last time Green Bay had a Michigan Wolverine Heisman winner on their team...

1st Down

Tue, Jan 25, 2011 : 7:08 a.m.

No offense to the Pittsburgh's Wolverines...but a couple of them have SB Rings already...so this one is for Chuck Woodson. If he gets this one with GB, that would be full circle of accomplishments: All American, Heisman, National Championship, Pro Bowler and Super Bowl. Pretty impressive.

RudeJude

Tue, Jan 25, 2011 : 4:50 a.m.

I'm hoping Woodson picks off Big Ben a couple times and runs in a pick-six. It'd surely win him the Superbowl MVP, and would make him the second Michigan Heisman winner, the other being Desmond Howard, to win the award as a Green Bay Packer.

aftermac

Tue, Jan 25, 2011 : 3:28 a.m.

I went to school with Cullen Jenkins, Kris Jenkins, and Ian Gold. We had some pretty good football teams at Belleville in the mid-90's. I'm glad they all went on to have pretty nice careers in the NFL.

Hebner

Tue, Jan 25, 2011 : 2:48 a.m.

Sallyxyz Charles Woodson can talk anyway he wants because he is a Michigan Man with a Heisman trophy. Was my sentence complete? Charles Woodson is going to the superbowl to win! Go packers! Sallyxyz ...spelling?

PortageLkBlu

Tue, Jan 25, 2011 : 11:30 p.m.

Maybe, maybe not.

Sallyxyz

Tue, Jan 25, 2011 : 12:06 a.m.

"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." Charles Woodson needs a grammar lesson before he goes to the White House.

PortageLkBlu

Mon, Jan 24, 2011 : 10:56 p.m.

These guys deserve it all the best of luck to a great bunch-enjoy.