For the second straight year, Northeastern A&M will be represented in the Super Bowl.
Tight end Jeremy Shockey and nose tackle Remi Ayodele are starters for the NFC champion New Orleans Saints.
The Saints earned their first-ever trip to the Super Bowl Sunday when they beat Minnesota 31-28 in overtime.
Ex-Norseman Antonio Smith started at defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.
Ayodele, who played for the Norsemen from 2004-05 before transferring to Oklahoma, played a key role in Sunday’s victory over Minnesota.
He had four solo tackles and an assisted tackle while recovering a fumble at the Vikings’ 12-yard line early in the fourth quarter.
Ayodele also teamed with defensive end Bobby McCray on a high-low hit that led to an interception and game-changing ankle injury for Viking quarterback Brett Favre.
Ayodele, a three-year NFL veteran, is in his second stint with the Saints.
He originally was signed by New England as a undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma in 2006.
He also spent time with Baltimore and Dallas as well as the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe.
On the season, Ayodele has logged 18 tackles and 12 assists with 1.5 sacks.
Shockey, who caught one pass for 9 yards against the Vikings, spent one season at NEO (1999) before moving on to the University of Miami, where he was a finalist for the John Mackey Award in 2001, given to college football’s top tight end.
He was chosen by the New York Giants with the 14th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft.
A four-time Pro Bowl pick, Shockey was traded to the Saints prior to the start of training camp in 2008.
While with the Giants, Shockey missed Super Bowl XLII with a broken left leg.
Shockey has 48 receptions for 569 yards and three touchdowns this season. One of the TD catches came in the Saints’ 45-14 rout of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Division playoffs.