4 Bielema Coached Players Compete in Super Bowl XLVIII

Published 02/01 2014 01:55PM

Updated 02/01 2014 02:01PM

FAYETTEVILE, AR - Few people will be able to watch tonight's Super Bowl with an appreciation for the game that Arkansas Razorbacks football coach Bret Bielema will have.

When the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos take the field, four of Bielema's former players will be competing. Bielema has more former players in the game than any other active head coach.

Those players include Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, Denver running back Montee Ball and Seahawks O’Brien Schofield and Chris Maragos.

Though all four are graduates of the University of Wisconsin, they all trained and learned under Bielema.

"We tweeted that out from Arkansas Razorbacks, and half of Wisconsin was outraged," Bielema said during a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports. "But they're our former players, and I'm proud of it."

Arkansas hopes the super-sized news will be an edge in future recruiting battles.

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