Three former Cal players will be in uniform at MetLife Stadium today for Super Bowl XLVIII.
The headliner, of course, is Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who has waited all week to let his legs do his talking.
The former Oakland Tech HS star rushed for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season and leads all ball carriers with 249 postseason rushing yards.
Seahawks teammate Brandon Mebane and Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson help give the Bears representatives in the Super Bowl for the 12th time in 13 years.
Lynch, Mebane and Anderson all are making their Super Bowl debuts.
Three other ex-Cal players took bows Saturday at the NFL Honors show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Ron Rivera was the Associated Press’ NFL Coach of the Year, Keenan Allen was selected as the Pepsi NEXT Rookie of the Year and Aaron Rodgers won the GM Never say Never Moment of the Year.
Cal was the only program to have more than one former player honored at the event.
Rivera led Carolina to an NFC South title and a 12-4 regular-season record. The Panthers won 11 of their final 12 regular-season contests after starting 1-3 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Allen led all NFL rookies in the regular season with 71 catches, 1,046 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches for a San Diego Chargers’ team that rallied towards the end of the season to earn a wild-card spot in the playoffs. Allen had eight catches for 163 yards and two touchdown receptions in a playoff loss to Cincinnati.
Rodgers’ honor came for a 48-yard touchdown pass to Green Bay wide receiver Randall Cobb on fourth-and-8 with 38 seconds remaining of a Week 17 showdown at Soldier Field. The winning touchdown lifted Green Bay to its third straight NFL North title and into the NFL Playoffs.
Rodgers was playing in his first game back from a broken collarbone that sidelined him for the previous seven contests.