Three former Wildcats and another player who wanted to play for Arizona are still alive in the NFL playoffs.
The Bears feature two former Wildcats, as well as offensive lineman J’Marcus Webb, who signed a Letter of Intent with the Wildcats but could not qualify academically and attended West Texas instead.
Former Wildcat great Lance Briggs is one of the keys for the Chicago defense. Briggs had six tackles in last week’s win over Seattle and had 89 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles on the season. He was named to the Pro Bowl but will not play in the game if the Bears beat Green Bay and go to the Super Bowl.
Also on the Bears roster is tight end Brandon Manumaleuna. Manumaleuna has been a blocking tight end for the Bears. He did not have a catch against Seattle and only had five catches on the season for 43 yards and one score.
The New York Jets have the only other former Wildcat left in the playoffs. Nick Folk is the team’s place kicker and had the game winning field goal in the Wildcard win over Indianapolis. Folk missed his lone field goal attempt against New England in the Divisional Round, but made all four extra points in the 28-21 win.
For the season folk connected on 30 of 39 field goals.
The only other former Arizona player in the postseason was New England rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski. He had four catches for 65 yards in the Patriots loss to the Jets.