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Badgers in the NFL: Wisconsin will again be represented in the Super Bowl

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One former Badgers running back is headed back to the Super Bowl, while another is headed to the Pro Bowl.

New England Patriots v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

James White, New England Patriots running back

The Patriots rolled the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17 in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, sending White to the second Super Bowl of his three-year career. One week after playing a season-low 12 snaps, White played 29 snaps in the game (top among New England running backs.) He saw a few opportunities—one carry, zero yards and three catches for eight yards—but was limited by the Steelers’ defense. He gave a few comments on the win in an interview with a local NBC affiliate.

While a win would give White his second Super Bowl ring, he did not play in Super Bowl XLIX. Based on his role in the offense all season, one would assume that he will see much more action on Feb. 5.

Pro Bowl update

It’s been an eventful few months for Melvin Gordon of the San Diego Los Angeles Chargers. He had a huge bounce-back from a rough rookie season, sustained an injury that left him three yards short of his first 1,000-yard season and found out the Chargers franchise is moving to Los Angeles. The news has kept coming in January as the Chargers hired a “perfect” head coach and Gordon was named to his first Pro Bowl:

Gordon will replace the injured Le’Veon Bell and joins fellow UW alum Joe Thomas on the AFC squad. You can watch Gordon and Thomas take on Travis Frederick and the NFC Pro Bowlers Sunday at 7 p.m CT.