No matter who wins or loses today, a former Duck (or two) will become a Super Bowl champion. Today's game between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers features a trio of former Oregon stars, all who were teammates together in Eugene at one point. Here's a rundown of the Pro Ducks in Super Bowl 50 today:
Jonathan Stewart - RB - Carolina Panthers
Playoff Appearances: 3 - 2008, 2014, 2015
Super Bowl Appearances: 1 - Super Bowl 50
Jonathan Stewart has spent his entire eight-year NFL career with the Panthers after being drafted 13th overall by Carolina in 2008. Stewart saw an increased workload this year, racking up a career-high 242 carries. His 989 rushing yards are the second-most in his career after rushing for 1,133 yards in 2009. Stewart spent the first part of his career backing up DeAngelo Williams, but now, Carolina's backfield belongs to Stewart.
Ed Dickson - TE - Carolina Panthers
Playoff Appearances - 5 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
Super Bowl Appearances - 2 (2012, 2015)
Ed Dickson is in his second season with the Panthers after spending the first four years of his career with the Baltimore Ravens. Dickson has appeared in all 16 games for Carolina this year, but has just 17 catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. During the postseason, Dickson has only been targeted four times. You can be sure Dickson will be hungrier for a bigger role in the biggest game of his life.
T.J. Ward - SS - Denver Broncos
Playoff Appearances - 2 (2014, 2015)
Super Bowl Appearances - 1 (2015)
On the defensive side of the ball, Broncos safety T.J. Ward will try and shut down Cam Newton and the Panthers offense. Ward is in his sixth season in the NFL and his second season with the Broncos after spending the first four years of his career with the Cleveland Browns. In 12 games this year, Ward has 61 combined tackles and two forced fumbles. Ward has made 10 tackles in two playoff games this year with Denver.