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THE ROAD TO SUPER BOWL 50

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Every NFL team had a shot at the two players who made the biggest impact on Super Bowl XLIX: Tom Brady was passed over 198 times at the 2000 draft and Malcolm Butler went unpicked through all 256 choices last year. In other words, mess this up, and it'll matter in February

SUPER BOWL, IN THE ROUND

All time Super Bowl totals, by draft position

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ROUND

1

2

3

4

5

6

7+

UFA

PASSING YARDS

10,473

1,779

3,298

898

177

2,445

0

1,854

Tom Brady

PATRIOTS

1,605

ROUND

1

2

3

4

5

6

7+

UFA

RUSHING YARDS

4,206

1,816

1,206

828

757

420

341

706

Willie Parker

STEELERS

146

ROUND

1

2

3

4

5

6

7+

UFA

RECEIVING YARDS

6,016

4,612

3,042

1,667

1,087

1,070

973

2,347

Wes Welker

PATRIOTS and BRONCOS

247

UFA: Undrafted free agent

GAMES PLAYED

708

582

449

279

280

208

207

741

Cliff Harris and Adam Vinatieri

COWBOYS; PATRIOTS and COLTS

TIED WITH 5 GAMES

TACKLES

632

559

331

222

241

138

88

386

Eugene Robinson

PACKERS and FALCONS

23

INTERCEPTIONS

22

25

11

11

6

5

7

14

Randy Beverly

JETS

2

SACKS

37

27

27

16

16

6

6

14½

Reggie White

PACKERS

3

INSIDE JOB

Starters—out of 22—that each Super Bowl winner drafted itself

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Fewest ever; only three players on the NFL's top offense were Denver-drafted: RB TERRELL DAVIS, TE SHANNON SHARPE, C TOM NALEN

Most ever—but only two offensive players were 49ers first-rounders, including WR JERRY RICE

STARTERS

5

10

15

20

2014 Patriots

2013 Seahawks

2012 Ravens

2011 Giants

2010 Packers

2009 Saints

2008 Steelers

2007 Giants

2006 Colts

2005 Steelers

2004 Patriots

2003 Patriots

2002 Bucs

2001 Patriots

2000 Ravens

1999 Rams

1998 Broncos

1997 Broncos

1996 Packers

1995 Cowboys

1994 49ers

1993 Cowboys

1992 Cowboys

1991 Redskins

1990 Giants

1989 49ers

1987 Redskins

1988 49ers

1986 Giants

1985 Bears

1984 49ers

1983 Raiders

1982 Redskins

1981 49ers

1980 Raiders

1979 Steelers

1978 Steelers

1977 Cowboys

1976 Raiders

1975 Steelers

1974 Steelers

1973 Dolphins

1972 Dolphins

1971 Cowboys

1970 Colts

1969 Chiefs

1968 Jets

1967 Packers

1966 Packers

SCHOOL TIES

Super Bowl totals, by alma mater

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PASSING YDS

RUSHING YDS

RECEIVING YDS

TACKLES

GAMES PLAYED

1st

1,736 NOTRE DAME

559 USC

770 MIAMI

111 MIAMI

96 USC

2nd

1,605 MICHIGAN

428 MIAMI

683 USC

101 UCLA

93 MIAMI

3rd

1,561 STANFORD

418 PENN STATE

589 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE

97 USC

81 ALABAMA

4th

1,156 NORTHERN IOWA

386 TEXAS TECH

564 GEORGIA

81 UCLA

76 MICHIGAN

5th

932 LOUISIANA TECH

382 NOTRE DAME

496 MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE

70 TENNESSEE

76 PENN STATE

Jim Kelly MIAMI 4 GAMES

PHOTO

AL TIELEMANS FOR SI (BRADY)

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BOB ROSATO FOR SI (PARKER)

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JOHN W. MCDONOUGH FOR SI (WELKER)

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MITCHELL LAYTON/GETTY IMAGES (ROBINSON)

PHOTO

TONY TOMSIC/GETTY IMAGES (BEVERLY)

PHOTO

CHUCK RYDLEWSKI/GETTY IMAGES (WHITE)

PHOTO

RONALD C. MODRA/SPORTS IMAGERY/GETTY IMAGES (KELLY)

EIGHT CHARTS

ILLUSTRATION