Three Trojans will be suiting up in Super Bowl XLIV next Sunday in Miami when the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints meet up to decide the NFL championship. Tailback Reggie Bush (New Orleans Saints), defensive lineman Sedrick Ellis (New Orleans Saints) and defensive lineman Fili Moala (Indianapolis Colts) will appear in the game, meaning at least one Trojan has been in 41 of the 44 Super Bowls.
Also, with these three Trojans in next Sunday’s NFL title game, nine players from USC’s 2004 national championship team — more than a third of the starting roster — will have played in a Super Bowl:
Super Bowl XLIV (2010) • Reggie Bush, Sedrick Ellis, Fili Moala
Super Bowl XLIII (2009) • Deuce Lutui, Matt Leinart
Super Bowl XLII (2008) • Matt Cassel, Steve Smith, Manuel Wright
Super Bowl XL (2006) • Lofa Tatupu