The NFL Playoffs for 2014-2015 are in the books and Super Bowl XLIX (49) will see the New England Patriots vs the Seattle Seahawks.
I thought it would be interesting to see which conference(s) contributed the most players to this game. So, I acquired some player data from ESPN and began doing some simple analysis.
The first thing that I noticed is that there is not one single conference that is providing the most players. There is, in fact, a three way tie at the top between the BIG 10, the PAC 12 and the SEC. All three conferences each have 18 former players that will be playing in the Super Bowl. With a total of 106 active players on the rosters of the Patriots and Seahawks, these three conferences alone are providing nearly 51% of all the players.
Another thing that I noticed is that the vast majority of the players are coming from one of the Power 5 conferences – Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC 12, and the Southeastern Conference. These five conferences are responsible for sending 73 active players to the Super Bowl, versus 33 from the other 17 conferences.
Check out the interactive version below:
*Edit: I want to point out that my numbers include only the active players on each team’s roster. Also, the conferences reflect their current affiliation.
Here is the actual spreadsheet for those who have been asking.