A fun piece of trivia for Super Bowl 50 is the fact that nine players on the Carolina Panthers NFL roster played college football for non-FBS teams. That is a very high amount of players from non-FBS teams and by comparison just two Denver Broncos NFL players played college football for non-FBS teams.
The fact that nine players on the Carolina Panthers are from non-FBS college football teams speaks extremely well for the scouting department and front office management for the team. Somebody from the Carolina Panthers has done some really good work finding these non-FBS players who have contributed to a 17-1 record and a berth in Super Bowl 50.
Seven of the non-FBS Carolina Panthers played college football at the FCS level which is one-step below the FBS level. Defensive end Jared Allen played in college for the Idaho State Bengals out of the Big Sky Conference. Wide receiver Brenton Bersin played for the Wofford Terriers in South Carolina out of the Southern Conference.
Defensive end Ryan Delaire played for the Towson Tigers in Maryland in the Colonial Athletic Association. CB Cortland Finnegan played for the Samford Bulldogs in Alabama out of the Southern Conference. Safety Dean Marlowe played for the James Madison Dukes in Virginia out of the Colonial Athletic Association. CB Josh Norman and RB Mike Tolbert both played for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in South Carolina out of the Big South Conference at the FCS level. The team is moving to the Sun Belt Conference (FBS level) in 2017.
Two Carolina Panthers NFL players played college football below the FCS level. TE Scott Simonson played for Assumption College in Massachusetts in the Northeast-10 Conference at the Division II level. RB Brandon Wegher played for Morningside College in Iowa in the Great Plains Athletic Conference at the NAIA level.
Great scouting job by the Carolina Panthers to have these nine players on the roster and if you have no dog in the fight for Super Bowl 50 why not root for the team with the most non-FBS college football players? These nine players overcame big odds to play football in the NFL and even bigger odds to reach a Super Bowl.
The two non-FBS level college football players on the Denver Broncos NFL roster are linebacker Todd Davis from the Sacramento State Hornets out of the Big Sky Conference and guard Robert Myers, Jr. from the Tennessee State Tigers in the Ohio Valley Conference both at the FCS level. Great job by all 11 players and good luck to all of them in Super Bowl 50!